News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links around the NHL - June 4th, 2013

Christian Petersen

There’s a new goaltending coach available.

Goaltender coach Pierre Groulx will not return to the Montreal Canadiens next season.

The NHL club announced Monday it will not renew Groulx’s contract, but gave no reason for the move.

Groulx, who previously worked for the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators, had been Montreal’s goalie coach since July 6, 2009.

He was the only member of the coaching staff kept on when Michel Therrien was named head coach for the 2012-13 season.

Vokoun says he doesn't pay any attention to the media.


Tomas Vokoun says he is unaware of any public push to put Marc-Andre Fleury back in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He is planning to clock in for the Penguins as usual Monday night and take his place in goal against the Boston Bruins. At least that’s what Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma told him to do.

Mike Smith wants reassurance from Phoenix.

But if the Coyotes and Smith do part ways, it might not be because of money, which many have predicted would be the source of a potential divorce.

“I’m not gonna be selfish with this whole situation and demand this stupid contract that we’re not going to be able to build a team around,” Smith said. “I believe you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. There’s good players that make a lot of money, and I think I deserve a fair contract. By any means I’m not expecting to hit a home run.”

A hometown discount, it seems, is a possibility, but Smith needs other assurances before agreeing to stick with the Coyotes.

So… this happened….

“NHL is f****** rigged! Matt Cooke made a clean hit. I hope your city gets bombed again Boston,” Kuruc tweeted, according to BostonMagazine.com, which referred to the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon in April.

Oops. Maybe not the best thing to say.

The resulting, and expected, backlash for Kuruc’s stupidity — he was trending on Twitter late Saturday night — wound up costing him his musical gig. Forbearance issued a statement soon afterwards apologizing for Kuruc’s tweet and indicated he was no longer with the band.

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