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Atlantic Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by davepoleck

Here we go with another awesome puck picture and my picks for breakouts in the tough Atlantic.

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Southeast Division Breakouts Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

Next up are my breakouts for the Southeast Division in the East.

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Pacific Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

A little bit later than expected but here I go starting off with the Pacific Division. Many of these players will range on how exactly I see them breaking out in 2010-11; some started their upswing last season, others are rookies, others are just chosen because a team’s future looks so unpromising that they were the only choice. Enjoy: Continue reading

NHL Coach Landscape

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by davepoleck

After a two year period where all hell has broken loose on the NHL coaching landscape, it looks as if a lot of teams are going to be sticking with their current bench boss for at least a few years.

Of the 30 NHL head coaches, 23 of them are new as of 2008! Paul Maurice, Peter DeBoer and Scott Gordon were all hired in 2008 and could be in for long seasons with their teams, but they were brought in for the rebuild and I can’t see teams letting them go when they’re right in the middle of it. Maurice might not make it to the end with the Canes, but that will be to take a head office job with the team and give the reigns to Ron Francis.

Of the longer tenured coaches, Lindy Ruff (1997) and Barry Trotz (1998) are pretty much untouchable until either team takes a big drop in the standings. But both Buffalo and Nashville are in good shape going into 2010-11 and should at least compete for a playoff spot, maybe even their division. I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a small market and have the GM backing you. Four of the mid-range guys, Babcock (2005), Boudreau (2007), Vigneault (2006) and Julien (2007) are all pretty damn safe as well.

This brings me down to three candidates that I think can be fired this year: Continue reading