NHL Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/02/2009 05:01:00 PM | | |
NHL.com/several sources: Dan Rosen reports Craig Hartsberg has been fired as coach of the Ottawa Senators forty eight games into his three-year contract while general manager Bryan Murray talks about trying to make the playoffs.

Cory Clouston from from the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League will take over for the rest of the season behind the bench.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

How many coaches can Bryan Murray fire before he pays with his job. Paddock, Hartsberg, he even kicked himself back upstairs. Maybe Garth Snow will be allowed another coaching choice.

I would be shocked if Murray is general manager beyond this season, the defense and goaltending the general manager provided was not nearly good enough and this problem began last season.

NY Post: Jay Greenberg magically appears on a Devils off day to get the players talking about Brent Sutter not returning as head coach next season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Greenberg just appears to do an article for the first time on the Devils in who knows how long (nothing recent) and in his article after Sutter does not know where the rumor came from writes:

But this newspaper does and considers the source, one close to Sutter, to be credible.

Seems to me like the Post and Mr Greenberg wanted to create a distraction for the club because they are playing so well. The Post does not even know the length of Sutter's contract which in Newsday/Islander reporting country would be big headlines about management contracts being kept private.

With the Devils it's just a footnote.

Call me cynical but I think Mr Greenberg and the Post wanted to rock the boat a little here.

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