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The NHL’s Hyperactive Coaching Carousel and a Sidney Crosby Update


Round and Round She Goes…

To date 20 % of the Head Coaches that began this 2011-12 campaign have gotten the axe with the firing of Jacques Martin by the Montreal Canadiens being the latest to get the axe. Rick Cunneyworth will serve as interim head coach for the recently displaced Jacques Martin in Montreal after being hired on as an assistant over the summer and has already lost his 1st game as a Head Coach this evening, losing to the Devils 5-3.

Montreal Canadiens Canadiens de Montréal

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That’s 6 coaches of 30 folks, and not all of the teams that dismissed their coaches were in last place in their respective divisions at the time,  with the Caps and the Blues being the exception. For the record, we’ve already tripled the number of coaches canned from last year (2),  so that leaves me with the question of: Who’s Next?

It doesn’t take a whole lot of research to look at some other bottom feeders around the league to see who may be gone next. Teams who, at over a third of the way into this season, are dredging the depths of the standings include Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton and the New York Islanders. Mind you, in just 6 short weeks beginning Nov. 6th with the firing of Davis Payne from the Blues, we’ve averaged one coach per week. I think there’s still room to hand out pink slips before the New Year. I’ve got my eye on 2nd year coach Scott Arnell for the Blue Jackets to go next.

Crosby to the Injured List

The concussion-like symptoms that have been plaguing Sidney Crosby have landed him on the injured list today though he can be re-activated at any time as he’s already missed 5 games and the requisite amount of time. Is this a sign of things to come for those hoping that the Pens’ captain would be back to his scoring ways this year? Aside from passing his ImPACT tests but complaining of persistent headaches, not a lot more new news has been forthcoming aside from what can only be deemed an ultra-cautious approach for a player who spent 10 and a half months away from the game.

For the Pens, they didn’t seem to be missing Crosby much tonight and enjoyed an electrifying performance from Evgeni Malkin who rang up a hat trick in the teams’ 8-3 dismantling of the Sabres. This doesn’t make up for the fact that they’ve lost 3 of their last 5 since Crosby came out of the lineup again.

Evgeni Malkin

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