DENVER, CO - JANUARY 18: Peter Mueller #88 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his third period goal with his teammates against the Florida Panthers at the Pepsi Center on January 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Panthers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Jacques Cloutier has joined the Calgary Flames coaching staff as Bob Hartley’s assistant.
The former goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques was Hartley’s assistant last season with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss elite league.
Cloutier spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He won a Stanley Cup in 1996 and again in 2001 when he was Hartley’s assistant there.
An agreement between Todd Bertuzzi, the Vancouver Canucks and Marc Crawford must be made known to the lawyers for former NHL player Steve Moore, according to an Ontario Superior Court Justice. Justice Paul Perell dismissed an appeal by lawyers for Bertuzzi and the Canucks, upholding a decision by Master Ronald Dash of the Superior Court that Moore’s lawyers have a right to know the details of the agreement between the defendants in a legal action filed by Moore. The lawsuit, which is set for trial in late September or early October, seeks more than $38-million in damages from Bertuzzi and the Canucks for an attack on Moore in March, 2004 that ended his NHL career. Bertuzzi played for the Canucks at the time while Crawford was the head coach and Moore was with the Colorado Avalanche.
Lost in the shadows cast by more prominent pieces of the Florida Panthers' division champion roster is a Polish forward by the name of Wojtek Wolski. You may or may not remember him, but he was the deadline addition that would supposedly cure Florida's offensive woes as they forged into the playoffs. In the end Wolski fell out of sight as coach Kevin Dineen benched him several times in the final stretch of the regular season and the final five playoff games, a move no one was quite sure what to think of. And even though Wolski seemed to fit well into the top 6 and add another threat on the mix, he's become an afterthought for the Panthers' summer plans.
Get to know Nail Yakupov a bit better.
He made the decision to play in Canada to speed up his acclimatization to the North American game.
“I saw the pictures and the Stanley Cups. It was great,” he said. “I think I’ll sleep in the dressing room for a couple of hours.”
What he wants more than anything is to play in the NHL. Going first, too, is a priority for the right-winger, which is probably why he said he’d play goal as well as left-wing, if that would make a difference.
Yakupov will be the first player from the Republic of Tatarstan to be drafted in the NHL, a piece of Russian history he shared during the media gathering at Rexall Place.