So Joe Nieuwendyk is starting his makeover of the Dallas Stars by firing coach Dave Tippett yesterday. Bad move we say as we think Tipsy is a good coach (we had him #2 in our fantasy-slanted Coach Rankings last summer) but Joe must think that they needed a change. Before we can even comment on the potential candidates, Nieuwendyk has hired Marc Crawford and his helmet of hair to be the Stars new head coach today. Crawford's coaching record is well documented... Stanley Cup, Jack Adams, made Todd Bertuzzi do it, etc... but we're more interested in what Crawford's impact from a fantasy hockey perspective is going to be. His record back in the day with Colorado and early on in Vancouver was great, high flying offense and solid goaltending but nearing the end in Vancouver and in his last stop in LA we're starting to see some new trends. His teams haven't finished in the top third of the league in goals against in his last six seasons behind the bench and his offensive production has been hit or miss. He typically has a good PP unit and given the talent in Dallas we'd expect him to improve on last year's 27th best PP. Overall, the offense in Dallas has been pretty good under Tippett so we don't see Crawford having a big impact there and we'd be worried if we were a fantasy GM who owned Turco as a rebound year could be that much more difficult under Crawford.
The Leafs have snagged goalie guru Francois Allaire away from the Anaheim Ducks and he will join the Leafs as a goalie consultant. Good news for Vesa Toskala owners as Allaire is credited with molding Patrick Roy and JS Giguere into top goalies and lord knows Toskala could use the help. The Leafs are probably hoping that this will help them land Jonas Gustavsson as well... certainly can't hurt.
Seen rumours that Vancouver has signed Sergei Shirokov to an entry level deal. Shirokov was the Canucks 6th round pick back in 2006 and has been putting up good numbers in the KHL/Super League over the past few years, leading CSKA Moscow in points in both the regular season and playoffs this past year. If he's on your waiver wire, you should grab this guy cause he looks to have the ability to step in right away and produce some decent numbers.
We mentioned yesterday that we didn't expect anyone to tap out of a game 7 but seems that Petr Sykora is taking us for fools. He may have a broken foot so he doesn't look like he'll be able to go. Shame really cause that one assist he's contributed so far in the playoffs has been monumental.
What's distracting us today? We know we've been a bit giddy about tomorrow Game 7 but we just want to make sure you know how big of a deal tomorrow could be. Thanks to NBCSports here's a listing of the result of every single Game 7 in NHL history:
|2006||CAROLINA 3, Edmonton 1||Ward makes great late save on Pisani|
|2004||TAMPA BAY 2, Calgary 1||Fedotenko scored both Lightning goals|
|2003||NEW JERSEY 3, Anaheim 0||Home team won every game in the series|
|2001||COLORADO 3, New Jersey 1||Tanguay had 3 pts.; Bourque gets Cup|
|1994||NY RANGERS 3, Vancouver 2||Messier scored game-winner|
|1987||EDMONTON 3, Philadelphia 1||Oilers tallied one goal in each period|
|1971||Montreal 3, CHICAGO 2||Richard scored game-winner in third|
|1965||MONTREAL 4, Chicago 0||All goals in first period; Worsley got SO|
|1964||TORONTO 4, Detroit 0||Leafs' 3rd straight Cup; Bower got SO|
|1955||DETROIT 3, Montreal 1||Delvecchio scored two, Howe the other|
|1954||DETROIT 2, Montreal 1, OT||Most recent Game 7 in final to go OT|
|1950||DETROIT 4, NY Rangers 3, 2OT||First Game 7 in final to go OT|
|1945||Toronto 2, DETROIT 1||Pratt's PPG in third broke tie|
|1942||TORONTO 3, Detroit 1||Leafs rally from 3-1 down in series
Teams have been competing for Lord Stanley's Cup since 1893 but the league didn't adopt a best-of-seven format until 1938-39 (when the Bruins beat the Leafs 4-1). So that's 69 finals and 14 Game 7's. But as you see from the list above only two ever Game 7's have gone into OT. So if tomorrow's game ends up taking more than three periods, watch out your head doesn't explode due to awesomeness.