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 Posted: Mon Apr 14th, 2014 11:41 pm
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from tsn.ca:




Barry Trotz, the NHL's longest tenured head coach with one team and the only coach the Predators have ever known, will not be back for a 16th season with Nashville.

The Predators announced Monday they have told Trotz his contract will not be renewed and that they are starting a search for a new coach immediately. Trotz is being offered a job in the team's hockey operations department, though the two-time Jack Adams finalist could be a top coaching target for other teams.

Missing the playoffs two straight seasons -- the first time since 2001-02 and 2002-03 -- was too much for a franchise that needs to reach the post-season to sell tickets and generate crucial revenue. Trotz's contract expires June 30.

"Our organization has high expectations and we have not met them in the past two seasons," general manager David Poile said in a statement.

"As a result, it is my decision and determination that we need a new voice and a new direction. ... Our goal is to return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of contending for the Stanley Cup. We know that once we get into the playoffs, anything is possible."

Poile hired Trotz in August 1997 when the Predators were gearing up for the expansion franchise's debut season in 1998-99, and Poile credited Trotz with laying the foundation and establishing the culture that has helped make the Predators successful.

Trotz and Poile are scheduled to appear at a Monday afternoon press conference.

He coached 1,196 games with Nashville. That puts him second only to Greg Popovich of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs for longest active coaching tenure in the four major sports. He is the only NHL coach to take his team to the playoffs in a span of seven of eight seasons between 2003-04 and 2011-12. He is 21-21-7 in the playoffs advancing to two conference semifinals.

But the Predators have been in transition since losing defenceman Ryan Suter to Minnesota as a free agent in July 2012 and also matching a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet to keep captain Shea Weber. 

With the lockout shortening the season, the Predators had a batch of injuries in posting their first losing record (16-23-9) since 2002-03.

Nashville spent more than $36 million on five free agents last July. Goale Carter Hutton did post 20 wins in Rinne's absence, but the rest of the spending spree didn't produce the offence they wanted. Poile traded Matt Hendricks for goalie Devan Dubnyk in January, but Viktor Stalberg was a disappointment with only eight goals and 19 points.

Goalie Pekka Rinne missed 51 games this season because of an E. coli infection in his surgically repaired left hip, and they finished 10th in the Western Conference missing the final playoff berth by three points. Nashville went 38-32-12 and finished the season with points in 10 of their final 12 games, going 9-1-2 down the stretch.

It wasn't enough to save Trotz.

"We support this decision, and believe change is necessary if we are to reach our goals," ownership chairman Tom Cigarran said in a statement.



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Mike Woodson has been fired as the New York Knicks head coach, the team announced Monday morning.

New Knicks president Phil Jackson announced in a release that the entire coaching staff was relieved of their duties.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," Jackson said. "The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.

"Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best."

Woodson had one year remaining on the three-year contract he signed with the Knicks prior to the 2011-12 season.

Jackson now will conduct a coaching search to find a replacement. The coaching search will begin immediately.

The 13-time NBA champion is expected to seek a coach with an intimate knowledge of the triangle offense. Steve Kerr, who won three NBA titles under Jackson with the Chicago Bulls, has been mentioned most often as a potential replacement.

Woodson coached the Knicks for the past two seasons after taking over on an interim basis in 2011 following Mike D'Antoni's resignation. Woodson guided the Knicks to a 54-win regular season and a division title in 2012-13.

The Knicks also won a playoff series for the first time in 13 seasons under Woodson's stewardship.

Following the team's success in 2012-13, owner James Dolan told staffers on the eve of the 2013-14 season that he felt the Knicks could compete for an NBA title. They fell well short of those expectations.

New York started the season 3-13, suffered through losing streaks of nine and seven games and fell as many as 19 games below .500. They won 12 of 15 games in March and early April to climb back into the playoff race but were eliminated late last week, missing out on the postseason for the first time in four seasons.

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Updated standings

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updated standings with the firing of Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin.

clawmaster 20
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Grog 17
benlen 8
khawk 8
Lobo 2

Lobo gets on the board with an island pick but it was only his one point selection.



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The Washington Capitals just cleaned hose firing both Head Coach Adam Oates and GM George McPhee.


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The Washington Capitals have fired coach Adam Oates and will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee after failing to make the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2007.

The team announced the moves in a news release Saturday.

Oates, a former star player for the Capitals, had one season left on his three-year contract. This was his first job as a head coach.

"We are also appreciative of Adam's efforts and thank him for his devotion, work ethic and contributions to the Capitals the past two seasons," said Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis. "He is a smart, tactical coach who improved the performance of several of our players. He is a Hall of Fame player who we believe will be a longtime coach in the NHL. We will help him in whatever way we are able and wish him well."

McPhee's contract was up. He has been the GM of the team for 17 years, drafting Alex Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom in the first round.

George has been a terrific, longtime executive for our franchise, and I'm grateful for his commitment to the Capitals organization for the past 17 years," said Leonsis.

While Ovechkin has won three league MVP awards and again led the NHL in scoring this season with 51 goals, the Capitals haven't made it past the second round of the playoffs during the Russian wing's career.



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The Florida Panthers have relieved interim coach Peter Horachek of his coaching duties, effective immediately.

Horachek had served as coach of the Panthers' AHL affiliate - the San Antonio Rampage - before coming to Florida to replace Kevin Dineen on Nov. 8.

In 66 games under Horachek, the Panthers posted a 26-36-4 record.

“Peter worked very diligently since taking over as interim head coach in November, but at this time we feel that a fresh approach and a new direction is needed behind our bench,” said Panthers general manager Dale Tallon. “We will immediately begin an extensive search for a new and experienced coach for our franchise, who will guide the Panthers to future success. We once again thank Peter for all of his hard work and service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

The Panthers finished seventh in the Atlantic Division, posting the NHL's second-worst record and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 12th times in the past 13 NHL seasons. The Panthers did, however, win the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery and hold the first selection in the June 27 Draft, to be held in Philadelphia.

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Did anyone have Torts ?

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Nobody had Torts or Mike D'Antoni. D'Antoni "resigned" so he wouldn't have counted.



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I don't think anybody had him but Carolina sacked Kirk Muller today. 



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Mark Jackson of the Warriors just fired



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Most Warrior fans not happy about Jackson being fired



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Mike Brown has been fired as the Cleveland Cavaliers' coach after only one season with the team.

The Cavaliers announced the decision to fire Brown on Monday, also saying that David Griffin has been promoted to full-time general manager.

"This is a very tough business," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement released by the team. "It pains all of us here that we needed to make the difficult decision of releasing Mike Brown."

The Cavaliers went 33-49 this season under Brown, who was serving his second stint as the team's coach.

"Mike worked hard over this last season to move our team in the right direction," Gilbert said. "Although there was some progress from our finish over the few prior seasons, we believe we need to head in a different direction. We wish Mike and his family nothing but the best."

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The FAN590 is reporting that both coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero have been fired. The Penguins
have a press conference scheduled at 11:30 today.

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lobo316 wrote: The FAN590 is reporting that both coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero have been fired. The Penguins
have a press conference scheduled at 11:30 today.


 

Looks like only  Shero has been fired. However a new GM usually wants his own guy as coach, so Bylsma is on thin ice.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired head coach Dan Bylsma, and named Jim Rutherford as their new general manager.

The news comes three weeks after the team fired general manager Ray Shero in the days following Pittsburgh's second-round loss to the New York Rangers.

The Penguins also named Jason Botterill as associate general manager and Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald as assistant GM's.

Bylsma, 43, was hired as Penguins head coach midway through the 2008-09 season and led the team that year to its first Stanley Cup since 1992.

Bylsma has the best regular-season winning percentage (.670) in team history with an all-time record of 252-117-32. His coaching wins are the most in team history and he became the fastest coach in NHL history to reach 200 victories (316 games).

"Dan is a good man and a good coach, but I thought we needed a change in direction moving forward," Rutherford said. "I have no doubt that he will go on to be a head coach in the National Hockey League and have success. The search for our new head coach will begin immediately."

"We want to thank Dan for everything he has done for the Penguins organization," co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said in a joint statement. "He'll always be remembered as a big part of Pittsburgh sports history for his role in our Stanley Cup championship in 2009. We wish all the best to him and his family."

Rutherford, 65, was in charge of the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise for 20 years. He stepped down from his position with the team in April.

Under Rutherford, the Hurricanes tallied a 534-486-156-20 regular season record, along with two trips to the Stanley Cup Final and the team's first Stanley Cup title in 2006.

"Jim has proven himself to be one of the finest executives in our sport, a man who always conducts himself with class and dignity, and we're excited to bring him to Pittsburgh as our general manager," said Lemieux and Burkle in a statement. "He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that few can match, and he will offer fresh ideas and a new perspective to our organization."

Rutherford was a goalie in the NHL for 13 seasons, and played three years with the Penguins from 1971-74.

"I'm excited by this opportunity to return to Pittsburgh and become general manager of a franchise that I've always admired," Rutherford said. "To have the chance to work with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the talented group of players assembled here is something that any GM would dream of. I'm looking forward to getting to work right away – it's going to be an important summer."

Former head coach and television analyst Pierre McGuire was also reportedly a finalist for the GM position after having two interviews with the team.

Pierre LeBrun reported this week that Tampa Bay Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBois was another prime candidate for the Penguins' job.

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