Left Wing Erik Cole (#72) of the Detroit Red Wings uses his foot to control the puck while playing against Center Sean Courturier (#14) of the Philadelphia Flyers

Detroit: Post Babcock

Whisper it quietly but the Detroit Red Wings are in contention for the Eastern Conference playoffs. This is their first season without Mike Babcock at the helm. Babcock had led Detroit for ten magnificent seaso...
Right Wing Patric Hornqvist (#72) of the Pittsburgh Penguins waits for a face-off

Jim Rutherford and the damage done…

Pittsburgh’s firing of Mike Johnston as head coach of the Penguins is the latest half-measure taken by the epitome of managerial mediocrity general manager Jim Rutherford. The blow was not surprising. Rutherfor...
Right Wing Valeri Nichushkin (#43) of the Dallas Stars and Defenseman Evgeny Medvedev (#82) of the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period

Earning Lots of Big W’s in Big D

If there was an award for greatest coaching comeback of the year I would nominate Lindy Ruff for that honor right now. After a flaccid 2014/15 season where the Dallas Stars finished tenth in the Western Confere...
Coach Joel Quenville speaks with the media. (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Joel Quenneville: The View from Olympus

Chicago’s third Stanley Cup win against Tampa Bay last Monday night was a gritty grace note to a hard-fought season where other teams (and coaches) garnered the headlines while the Blackhawks made off with the ...
Right Wing Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (#15), Center David Desharnais (#51) and Right Wing Rene Bourque (#17) of the Montreal Canadiens emerge from the tunnel

Michel Therrien: greatness within reach

Michel Therrien has a rendezvous with greatness: as long as he can keep the Habs’ collective noses to the grindstone; as long as he can inspire the Canadiens to maintain their hold atop the Atlantic Division st...
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg skates past Anaheim

Mike Babcock: His Last Bang in Detroit?

In the movie Amadeus F. Murray Abraham (who plays Salieri) gently chides Mozart (played by Thomas Hulce) about a symphony or opera Mozart had performed before the public; telling Mozart, “You didn’t even give t...