Nothing goes together like Valentine’s Day and hockey right? And snowstorms. Where I live is currently in the midst of a 60cm storm (that’s about 2 feet to the Americans out there). So what a better time than to delve deep into the world of hockey. Let me tell you, it’s been quite the week. Not often will you find coaches on my roundup, but this week you’ll find two. Here we go!
Claude Julien – On February 7th, Julien was fired from the Boston Bruins after a decade serving as head coach. The move was painful for all us Bruins fans out there. But the move could be seen a mile away, since Boston has been playing subpar for a long time. When the firing was announced, I personally, figured that Julien would be out of a job for the rest of the season, and then the soon-to-be Las Vegas Golden Knights would snap him up. This was not the case. A mere 7 days later, Julien found a new home as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens after an abrupt firing of Michel Therrien (more about that later). This will not be Julien’s first go in Montreal, he was their coach from 2003-2006 as well. What will happen this time? I guess only time will tell.
Jason Pominville, Minnesota Wild – Pominville was named last week’s NHL of the week after scoring two goals and helping on 6 assist in 4 games. He has 35 points total this season and given his hot streak, he would be a great fantasy hockey pick up for your team this week.
New York Rangers – The Rangers are definitely on a hot streak right now. They are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and have won the last 6 straight. Currently, they sit in the midst of a battle for 2nd place in the Metropolitan division with both the Penguins and Blue Jackets (all have 75 points). The Rangers are a team that often fly under the radar, but keep an eye on them as the playoffs approach.
Michel Therrien – When it was announced just hours ago that Therrien had abruptly been fired from the Canadiens and replaced by Julien, it was a shock. A big, big shock. Although the Canadiens have been struggling as of late, it didn’t seem like a head coach change would be imminent. Therrien has coached the Canadiens since 2012 – but it was not his first stint, he also coached in the early 2000s as well. The silver lining for Therrien is that there should be a coaching position available for him to pick up this year, with notable vacancies for the New York Islanders, Bruins and Golden Knights.
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers – This season has not been kind to Eberle. He is playing well below his pace, he has not scored a goal in 7 games and his whole line is producing at a subpar rate. With 11 goals and 21 assists this season, Eberle sits at a -4, which is not good on a team making a playoff push. In order to shake things up, in tonight’s game he’ll be paired with McDavid and hopefully that gives him a little boost in his scoring game.
Detroit Red Wings – It’s actually astonishing at how far the wings have fallen this season. They’re currently sitting last in the Atlantic Division and last overall in the Eastern Conference. They are just 2-5-3 in their last 10 games and have lost 4 straight. This is very unusual play for a perpetual playoff making team.
WTF MOMENT OF THE WEEK
I’m still not over this whole Julien firing, Therrien firing, Julien hiring situation. It’s going to be interesting to see how all this plays out for Boston and Montreal in the upcoming weeks. My step-father actually texted me earlier, saying that when Therrien was fired from the Penguins in 2009, it was mid-February and they went on to win the cup that year. Will that be the case in Montreal? Guess we’ll just have to watch and see.