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Morning Skate: Bettman the boss, villain, and many things in between

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Morning Skate: Bettman the boss, villain, and many things in between

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what Justin Timberlake has in store for us at the Super Bowl. 

 

*In his 25 years as the NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman has been the boss, the villain and many things in between for the NHL. 

 

*At first many were dubious about Marian Hossa stepping away from the Chicago Blackhawks, but it’s become pretty clear that the Hawks miss Hossa these days in a big way. 

 

*If Wayne Gretzky can get traded then anybody can get traded, right? Well, not quite as there are plenty of great NHL players that were never traded. 

 

*A great piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Darren Dreger about the mysterious exit of Paul Ranger from the NHL. 

 

*It’s a dad’s trip for the St. Louis Blues as they head into Boston for a big showdown with the Bruins that always seems to be a heavy, tightly-contested affair between the two teams. 

 

*For something completely different: It’s a sad story for Meat Loaf and his health issues that are keeping him from performing these days. 

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Morning skate: Why BU's Dave Quinn is leaving for the Rangers

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Morning skate: Why BU's Dave Quinn is leaving for the Rangers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while not at all minding a Tampa/Vegas Stanley Cup Final, though I think Winnipeg still has a few cards up their sleeve to play.

*Boston University head hockey coach Dave Quinn will be the latest to jump from the college ranks to the NHL ranks as he’s headed to New York as the Rangers head coach. A tough call for Quinn, who could have stayed at BU as a lifetime gig, but the presence of people like Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury and the high-profile nature of the Rangers gig certainly must have made it too difficult to pass up. 

*Marian Hossa is sadly calling it a hockey career after a skin condition sidelined him a couple of years ago, and will be joining the Chicago Blackhawks organization. 

*Interesting Q&A with Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee about the Stanley Cup dreams in Vegas, and what it’s been like to watch the organization grow this season. 

*A brand new coach’s corner with Don Cherry talking about the importance of goaltending at this time of year with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Andrei Vasilevskiy standing out right now. 

*Ryan Callahan has inspired the Tampa Bay Lightning with his courageous play this season, and has certainly been a difference-maker on the fourth line for the Bolts. 

*Wondering what’s going on with the Philadelphia Flyers? Here’s a mailbag to keep you up to date with it all. 

Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

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Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

Boston University hockey coach David Quinn has agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract to become the New York Rangers coach, according to an ESPN report.

Quinn, 51, replaced college hockey legend Jack Parker at BU in 2013 and was 105-67-21 with the Terriers, reaching three NCAA regional finals with a runner-up finish for the national championship in 2015. Parker won 897 games in 40 years at BU, the third-most all-time and most for a coach at a single school.

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury and veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played at BU. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Bob McKenzie of TSN had each tweeted that Quinn was the leading candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as Rangers coach. Vigneault was fired the day after the regular season ended. New York finished 34-39-9 and last in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Rangers traded away veterans, including winger Rick Nash to the Bruins, at the trade deadline as they fell out of the playoff race and will likely try to rebuild with younger players under Quinn.

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