Monday, May 26, 2003

I could be completely off base here, but the fact that Steve Ludzik is apparently headed for the A makes me wonder what's going on in San Antonio, where John Torchetti was promoted to the NHL club, but, to the best of my recollection, Scott Allen never lost the "interim" in front of "head coach." Ludzik, the former IHL Detroit Vipers and Tampa Bay Lightning bench boss, is a favorite of Florida GM Rick Dudley (note to Tampa: update your web site).

Of course, if my hunch is right, that kills the Brent Hughes to the Rampage possibility that EP posted here just before Torchetti left.

Don't you just hate it when your Mom tells your girlfriend a really embarassing childhood story? Or breaks out the naked baby pictures while your friends are hanging out? Or goes on the Internet and talks about your career where anyone can read about it?

Oh wait, that last thing only happens to Luch Nasato. Like I've said before, great player. But if, as his mother recently claimed on the RiverKings message boards, the only reason he isn't in the IHL is 'cause the league doesn't exist, how come it managed to play the '99-'00 and '00-'01 seasons without him?

Think hockey could learn a few things from the NFL when it comes to making rule changes?

Ah, the good old days of the Tucson Scorch. Thanks to Tim Harvey for the link.

Now, you can call this blogrolling, but in discussing Doug Shedden's prospects with the Penguins at his Rinkblog, Harv suggests that he deserves consideration for the Penguins' NHL job, not just the Wilkes-Barre AHL gig.

And in fact, he may well get it. Consideration that is, not the job. But you never know. And I'm sure it doesn't hurt that someone who's expensive by CHL standards would be a bargain for the cash-strapped Pens.

It just goes to show you the power of the NHL fraternity. Seems like if you leave it to do something useful in the low minors, as Shedden and Hughes did, they try to change the secret handshake on ya. Whereas staying around as nothing more than a broadcaster gets you head coach consideration.
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