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Playoffs On For the Leafs
It’s been four days since the Maple Leafs clinched a playoff spot. The city went wild as the emotion was at an all time high. Tonight the Leafs play their first playoff game in four years. The city will be wild and emotion will be at an all time high. The Leafs are the obvious underdog in this series. The Washington Capitals have had history of blowing it in the playoffs even though consistently being considered a favourite for the Stanley Cup. The injury of Zaitsev has slightly decreased the optimism in Toronto. More so because Marincin is the replacement, and we all know how he is. However, I encourage fans not to think about that. Just enjoy the series. We have been truly spoiled this season with the play of the rookies and now playoff berth. Let’s have some fun here.
Hitchin’ A Ride Back To Dallas
So it appears like the theme of the NHL this season has been returning to your roots. In the offseason Carlyle went back to Anaheim and before the deadline Claude Julien went back to Montreal. Now, we have Ken Hitchcock going back to Dallas. Hitchcock’s first coaching stint in the NHL was with the Dallas Stars from 1995-2002. His seven years with the team included a Stanley Cup victory in 1999. We were all under the belief that Hitchcock was going to retire after this season. Retirement is definitely out of the window now as Hitchcock’s contract with the Stars is a multi-year deal. This is a step in the direction for Dallas. Now they have a coach that will add structure and stability to their system, but they can’t stop there. Goaltending and the defence core still needs to be addressed.
The Second to be Knighted
Everyone knows the story behind Gerard Gallant and the Florida Panthers by now. The team made it’s first playoff berth since the 2011-2012 season, but lost to the New York Islanders. Then in the offseason, there were grumblings of Gallant being let go as the team wanted to move into a more analytical style of management. After a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in November, he was fired with GM Tom Rowe taking over. We were all waiting for the next team that was lucky enough to hire him. Now fans have it. Gallant will be the head coach of the Las Vegas Golden Knights next year. It’s a great opportunity and a good choice by Vegas as Gallant is a players coach. They have a GM and a coach, now they just need more players.