Turmoil in Ottawa? May Comes Early in Toronto

Are Senators coach Craig Hartsburg and GM Bryan Murray both out in Ottawa?

Maybe.

Le Journal de Montreal reported they’ll be replaced by Hockey Canada’s Bob Nicholson (as new GM) and Pat Quinn (as coach).

Eugene Melnyk, the owner of the Senators, says no decision has been made.

Quinn has got to be close to an NHL return. Any time a coach loses a game, there are rumors Quinn is going to come in as coach.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, the Leafs traded for Anaheim’s Brad May, reuniting May with current Leaf GM/former Duck GM Brian Burke. Thus, the overhaul of the Maple Leafs begins, with the team becoming tougher and bigger and meaner. Eventually, this will change the complexion of the Eastern Conference. For now, just make a note of where you were when May came over.

Today’s Chicago Tribune has a piece by radio personality Steve Dahl on what he wore to the Winter Classic. If you’re in a city expected to land the classic next year (New York? Boston?), you might want to save it. Or just remember to wear anything with the word Gore-Tex on it. Dahl has a great line, though: “Wrigley Field is like a 60-year-old stripper that’s had a lot of work done. She looks passable on the outside, but inside she’s a mess.”

To be honest, I’m not quite sure what it means, but I’ll probably start using it in day-to-day conversations later next week.

Finally, the current issue of ESPN the Magazine has a piece on Tampa’s Ryan Malone. Unfortunately, it’s not online. There are two interesting revelations in the piece, though:

  1. The players’ culture is very flat. Guys don’t hang out together and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of energy in the room.
  2. Malone went to GM Brian Lawton and offered to start a fight with a teammate in practice, hoping to get the team’s juices flowing. I assume Lawton denied the request but how did Malone even go there? How did he get to the place where beating a teammate seemed the cure for what’s ailing Tampa?

The more I hear about the Lightning, the weirder I think that organization is. Malone left Pittsburgh for another planet.