Friday, July 08, 2005

Familiar Faces No Longer Around Next Year

Of course the main issue when the NHL returns this fall is weather or not it will look the same or what changes are going to make the league different. Already, three NHL teams have announced that they would have new coaches next season. Two of the coaches on the way out the door are familiar faces to the fans.

Coach Pat Burns who has been with Toronto, Boston, and Montreal before taking the New Jersey Devils to the promised land. Last season, Coach Burns announced he had to undergo treatment for cancer. Today, Pat Burs and the NJ Devils announced that he will no longer coach the club citing his health reasons. My thoughts and prayers are for him in this time of need. Larry Robinson has been rumored to take over there.

Also, after having been punked by Minnesota and Anaheim in the playoffs the past two years, the Detroit Red Wings fired their head coach Dave Lewis. Lewis, the unmistakable double for Charlie Chaplain, had large shoes to fill after Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman retired. When the Red Wings slipped from their elite team pole position these past two seasons, it's time to make a change. When Mike Babcock turned down the Ducks offer, it is speculative that the Wings will make a similar offer as the new replacement.

[Via: Yahoo! Sports (Lewis) & Yahoo! News (Burns)]
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