Hockey Critic

20 December

Larry Robinson steps down as Devils coach

The New Jersey Devils haven't been the dominating team that won 2 Stanley Cups over the last decade. Yesterday their head coach Larry Robinson stepped down and was replaced by current general manager Lou Lamoriello. Robinson resigned from his position on Monday because of stress and "horrible headaches," two days after his team lost for the seventh time in nine games. He is a Hall of Fame defenseman who lead the Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2000 and returned to the team this summer, when Pat Burns was unable to return due to his ongoing battle with Colon Cancer. [Read More!]
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16 December

Penguins fire head coach Ed Olczyk

Ed Olczyk became the first coaching fatality of the 2005-06 season as the Pittsburgh Penguins fired him and his coaching staff. Assistant coaches Joe Mullen, Randy Hillier, Shane Clifford and strength and conditioning coach John Welday were also let go. Michel Therrien, who was coaching the Penguins' AHL affiliate team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has been promoted to the head coaching position with the big club. The move comes as the Penguins have floundered with a 8-17-4-2 record and are currently stand last in the Atlantic Division. They added several key free agents like Ziggy Palffy, Mark Recchi and John LeClair in the off season and also drafted rookie phenom Sidney Crosby. Their inability to play defense and the lack of goaltending also played a role in their poor start. [Read More!]
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