Today, we have a tribute to assistant coaches, those unheralded heroes of the bench.
Over in Detroit, please meet Paul MacLean and Todd McLellan, who work for Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Sadly, Babcock takes a lesson from NFL coaches and doesn’t like his coaches to speak directly to the media.
Over in New York, meet goalie coach Benoit Allaire of the New York Rangers. I’m not sure if he’s allowed to speak to the media. He seems like a funny guy, though.
Speaking of Rangers-Wings, Chris Chelios says the Wings are going to play the Rangers at Yankee Stadium next season. Chelios makes it sound like it’s a done deal, but I keep hearing Boston is in the mix. I’ve even heard of a Fenway/Yankee Stadium/Rangers/Bruins outdoor home-and-home deal.
Obviously, as a die-hard Mets fan, I can’t endorse anything that sends people to Yankee Stadium. I’m still kind of scared the Yankees will wind up signing the Rangers to a long-term contract.
Finally, the explanation we’ve all been waiting for: Nicklas Backstrom weighs in on how he managed to score on his own goalie. Long story short? He got disoriented. I’m guessing he’s going to get a few compasses for Christmas.