Monday, July 13, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for July 14, 2009

The New Jersey Devils have named Jacques Lemaire as their new head coach. Brochu's take: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Lemaire will maintain the Devils' defensive system.

The Chicago Blackhawks have fired GM Dale Tallon. Stan Bowman has been named interim GM. Brochu's take: From Chicago reports, this firing doesn't have to do with the RFA qualifying offeers fiasco, but more with internal organization re-structuring. You have to imagine that Scotty Bowman is involved in this somehow, along with the president of the Hawks.

The Phoenix Coyotes have traded forward Enver Lisin to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Lauri Korpikoski. Brochu's take: They are both RFAs, and there have been rumors that both would sign with KHL teams or in Europe.

The Nashville Predators have signed forward Ben Guite to a one-year, two-way deal.

The New York Islanders have signed 2009 NHL Entry draft pick Mikko Koskinen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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