The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Rick Dudley requested permission, and was granted it, to speak to John Torchetti regarding the head coaching position. Torchetti’s been considered the front-runner for several weeks due to his previous working relationships with Dudley in both Florida and Tampa Bay. The Southeast Division’s not uncharted territory for Torchetti, but his tenure with the Cup champions has left him more familiar with the Western Conference as of late.
He is the Hawks’ powerplay specialist, which worked ok for them – they were sixteenth in the league at 17.7% – to contrast, the Thrashers were 25th after a strong start, and wound up with a PP% of 16.1. When you notice the level of talent difference between the two teams and the small level of difference in percentage, I’m curious as to how he’ll do working with that here. Regardless, it’ll be an upgrade – our opponents won’t figure it out after a month. You know, like they did last season.
The surprise from the St. Louis Blues is that they’ve canceled their prospect camp. Instead, they’re opting for outside conditioning in the nice, muggy St. Louis summer. Have fun, guys. The interesting thing about the story (despite the fact that it does kind of suck for the fans) is how much Cam Janssen’s athleticism is highlighted – Cam’ll be a subject of a feature write up sometime soon (thanks to Angela, the Game Time mom for the idea). the Blues’ coaching staff’s justification for this is that if you’re fleet footed on the ground, then you’re fleet footed on the ice, or something like that. Well, ok then. I hope this works, though I’m not sure how you’re going to really get a good look at any of the new kids while they’re having IVs of fluid pumped into them because it’s 100 degrees out and 86% humidity.