As if his offseason wasn’t busy enough already, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney now has to fill two coaching vacancies in the Bruins organization.
On Friday, Boston Bruins Assistant Coach Jay Pandolfo left the team to become Associate Head Coach for his alma mater, the Boston University. Then on Monday, the Seattle Kraken announced that they have hired Providence Bruins head coach Jay Leach as an assistant on newly hired Dave Hakstol’s staff.
There are plenty of candidates out there to fill Pandolfo’s post, with a strong one possibly being former Arizona Coyotes head coach and Boston Bruins winger Rick Tocchet. Dare we throw former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara’s name into the mix if he ends up retiring?
One under-the-radar name for the Providence head coaching post to keep an eye on though is former Baie Comeau (QMJHL) head coach, Jon Goyens. The Pointe-Claire, Quebec native is well-respected in NHL and AHL circles and helped shape the careers of Montreal Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin, Pittsburgh Penguins and former Boston College star Mike Matheson and top Detroit Red Wings prospect Joe Veleno while coaching them for the prestigious Lac St. Louis Midget AAA Lions program.
The Laval Rocket, the AHL club for the Montreal Canadiens, is also in need of a Head Coach now and they’re surely looking into the local option with Goyens. Manitoba and Stockton also need to fill spots on their respective staff.
Now onto the rest of your Boston Hockey Now Puck links!
Speaking of coaching, how can Hockey Canada or USA Hockey ignore the success Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has had since being hired back in February 2017? (BHN)
Has Brandon Carlo’s concussion history – with two in three months this past season – saved the Boston Bruins from a potential offer sheet to their RFA defenseman? (BHN)
Stanley Cup Final
The Montreal Canadiens staved off elimination and at least for one more game, prevented the Tampa Bay Lightning from hoisting the Stanley Cup for a second straight season. (NHL)
The Canadiens wanted to make sure the Lightning didn’t get to celebrate in one of the best party cities in the world. (Montreal Gazette)
If the Habs are to bring this Cup Final back to Montreal for Game 6, they will need to weather another Lightning storm on the ice and potentially a hurricane off of it. (Sportsnet)
If you believe in miracles like me and think the Habs can still pull off one similar to the 2004 Boston Red Sox comeback on the New York Yankees, you can get a nice payout if they do. Habs +1700 to win in 7. (MyBookie.ag)
Did the Tampa Bay mayor jinx the Lightning? (Tampa Bay Times)
National Hockey Now
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen says nearly every GM in the league has called about defenseman Seth Jones. The Philadelphia Flyers remain front runners. (Philly Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ offseason hasn’t yet started creating fireworks, but they have holes in their lineup. Prioritizing the offseason needs: What can wait, and what is urgent for the Pens? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks are hitting the NHL trade pool, and they are goalie shopping. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Recent contracts are setting a precedent for a busy, busy offseason for the Vegas Golden Knights. (Vegas Hockey Now)
From Detroit Red Wings historian, author, and Detroit Hockey Now beat writer Bob Duff–Here are five things you didn’t know about Gordie Howe. (Detroit Hockey Now)
The Washington Capitals have an impressive arsenal of left-handed blueliners, including 2018 first-rounder Alex Alexeyev. Could he make the Caps’ roster next season? (Washington Hockey Now)
After trading Viktor Arvidsson to the Los Angeles Kings last week the Nashville Predators are looking to make a trade with the Seattle Kraken to make sure they have a say in what player the Kraken take in the July 21 NHL Expansion Draft. (TSN)
The Kraken also hired former Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant Paul McFarland as an assistant coach. (Seattle Kraken)