Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland is interviewing for the Winnipeg head coaching job on Friday, per the Winnipeg Free Press. Others known to be interviewing are Craig MacTavish, Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel and technically the current Winnipeg coach, Craig Ramsey. It had appeared this would essentially come down to Noel and Haviland unless another candidate steps up. However, MacTavish, who was heavily rumored to be the new Wild coach, is back in the mix as word tonight is that Minnesota hired Mike Yeo, who is the head coach of their AHL affiliate Houston Aeros. I think the linked article’s phrasing – “Ramsey has also been granted an interview,” tells you Ramsey is heading into this process a heavy underdog.
— Chris Campoli was named to the NHLPA Competition Committee on Monday. Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri is the other new member of the committee. Campoli and Cammalleri replace Mike Commodore and Mathieu Schneider as voting members. Schneider will stay on as an advisor. The committee now consists of Campoli, Cammalleri, David Backes, Chris Clark and Ryan Miller.
In Boston on Monday, the committee voted to approve the broadening of Rule 48 (originally known as the blindside headshot rule) to cover a hit to the head from any angle. Alterations were needed because when the league put together Rule 48 and called it the “Illegal Check to the head” rule (contrary to legal checks to the head, you see) the rule didn’t cover all checks to the head of an opponent.
Campoli (right knee surgery) should be cleared for full workouts in 2-3 weeks. He’s a restricted free agent on July 1 as long as he gets his qualifying offer a few days before then.
Haven’t read or heard an update on Troy Brouwer (right labral (shoulder) tear) since his May 10th surgery. He’s expected to be fine by training camp. Brouwer is also a restricted free agent in need of a new deal.
— This is old news but again, we’re catching up.
The IceHogs’ coaching staff was renewed through the 2012-13 season. Bill Peters (head coach), Ted Dent (assistant) and Steve Poapst (assistant). Mark Bernard, who manages the Hawks’ minor league affiliations in addition to day-to-day hockey operations in Rockford, was also renewed.
— John Torchetti talks about being in limbo, experience in Atlanta and speaks of his relocated Thrashers in past tense. Times & Transcript
— British designer makes pitch for revamped Jets’ logo Winnipeg Free Press
— Dallas Stars named their new head coach today, promoting from within. Glen Gulutzan, formerly head coach of the AHL Texas Stars gets the gig. Gulutzan, 39, replaces Marc Crawford, who was relieved of his duties in April.
— Detroit assistant Paul MacLean is the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators.
— John Wiedeman and Troy Murray were honored by the Illinois Broadcasters Association on Wednesday as the sports play-by-play team of 2011. WGN Radio was also recognized as the station of the year.
Multichannel News spotlights CSN Chicago president Jim Corno in this Q&A.
— The MetroCentre, home of the Rockford IceHogs, is getting badly needed new dasher boards. The $276,000 project should be completed by mid-September, but it could be stalled by funding. Rockford taxpayers will foot the bill. The Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) chose the highest bidder out of four, Athletica, which has installed dasher systems in 22 NHL arenas. The installation will take two weeks and is currently planned for early September.
RAVE board chairman Mike Dunn says they will be announcing a contract to lease the naming rights to the MetroCentre “some time this summer.” They have been trying to sell those naming rights for over three years now.
Almost 19 years to the day (June 14, 1992), citizens of Chicago spilled into the streets following a second-consecutive Chicago Bulls NBA Championship victory with a win over the Portland Trailblazers at Chicago Stadium. That Sunday night is a dark moment in Chicago history, linked, in part, to Chicago sports fans. The night’s celebration started off with a mass of people crowding the State and Division streets party scene; overturning and destroying taxi cabs and busting storefront windows while the pandemonium played out on television news broadcasts. Several Michigan avenue stores were vandalized and looted including Garrett Popcorn, The Gap, Limited Express and a Citicorp. Seven stores were vandalized at Broadway and Sheridan. The night turned even uglier however in the city’s impoverished neighborhoods after seeing the violence on the city’s north side. In all, 1,060 people were arrested, 329 felonies, 14 buildings were set on fire and 95 police officers were injured. Three police officers received gunshot wounds. Stunningly, there were no reported fatalities. 347 Chicago stores were damaged or looted. While most of the damage was seen in neighborhoods considered ghettos or gang turf, significant damage to city and private property was also done in other neighborhoods. There was a lot going on in our society in 1992. A month before the Bulls victory, the five Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King were acquitted which led to the subsequent LA riots. Huge welfare cuts hit Illinois hard. Some people considered the extended June 14 riots in low-income areas copycat crimes having seen playing out on local news on Division Street, while others denounced it as African American communities lashing out. The next year, however, despite increased police presence and public pleas from Bulls players, including Michael Jordan, two people died, another 177 stores were damaged and 173 felony arrests were made during the ’93 Bulls championship celebration. In ’93 there were 682 arrests in all, still way up from the 115 reported after the Bulls’ first championship in 1991. After the 1996 Bull’s championship, a teenager was stomped to death reportedly because he was wearing a Los Angeles Lakers jacket. In 1997, there was one reported death attributed to that Bulls’ celebration; 38 stores damaged and 12 felonies and one person blinded. Afterwards, Mayor Richard Daley was quoted by the Sun-Times, “It was a good celebration, and that’s what you want to see.”
— This is long, but an interesting read from Monday’s Vancouver Sun. Writer Harrison Mooney makes some good points on the national media’s coverage and treatment of certain Canucks players. I’m specifically noting his comments on how the Sedins and the Alex Burrows’ “biting” incident were covered. I don’t agree with all of it. He doesn’t understand the role Barry Rozner portrays in the Daily Herald and Mooney doesn’t address the fact that several Canucks players, including Luongo, are their own worst enemy in their approach to media and how their comments and actions come across to the national masses. If you’re disposed to “hate” the Canucks or their fans for whatever your reason, Mooney will probably come across as whiny, but he makes valid points.
— Ex-Hawks’ prospect Pierre Parenteau talks long road to become John Tavares’ linemate.
— Brandon Bollig and Kyle Hagel will play in a charity game in Niagara Falls on June 23.
— Rockford IceHogs 2011-12 season ticket packages are now available.