Kirk Muller's been fired, Ron Hextall's been hired and yesterday in Toronto there were some more coaching changes. Former Islanders head coach Scott Gordon and former Islanders assistant Greg Cronin were both let go by the Maple Leafs. It's a weird situation in Toronto where, after two-plus seasons at the helm, Carlyle will finally be able to pick his own assistant coaches. Both Gordon and Cronin were assistants to the previous coach Ron Wilson. But the whole thing irks Maple Leafs fans even more because Carlyle is allowed to stay on as a coach who is actively coaching his team to put less shots towards the net. I'm not sure what hockey universe he's living in where that's actually a viable strategy but between that and the other items such as the falling out with James Reimer, misuse of players like JM Liles and Mikhail Grabovski, who have gone on to success elsewhere, it's all too much for Leafs fans.Pension Plan Puppets, a great Leafs blog, is frustrated along with the rest of Leafs twitter. They led their Carlyle story with a foreboding picture of Connor McDavid, projected first overall pick in next year's draft. So that's where the expectations are at. And at least one fan in Toronto now sees the situation as 'hey guys, we have no business making fun of the Islanders' kind of dire. On Long Island, things are generally quiet. Hey, maybe Scott Gordon wants to come back as an assistant? (Nope). In other next year's draft news, Connor McDavid was selected by a KHL team in this year's KHL draft. [sny-box]Erie Otters sensation Connor McDavid was selected by Medvescak Zagreb in the second round of the Russian league’s entry draft, becoming the latest high profile NHL prospect to get picked up in this process. He just finished a phenomenal season in the Ontario League, scoring 28 goals and 99 points in 56 regular season games and 19 points in 14 playoff games.
But will he ever play for Zagreb? Likely not.[/sny-box]
At the Garden, it's Rangers Elimination Day 2014 Part 2. The first one didn't go so well, hopefully there will be a better result this time around.
At the World Championships, Frans Nielsen is not playing as he is suffering from a wrist injury:
[sny-box]The squad in Minsk will need all the offensive help it can get, as Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders, Denmark’s leading NHL scorer with 58 points, has been ruled out with a wrist injury. [/sny-box]
Also: The Sound Tigers are auctioning off game used jerseys on eBay...