Thursday, May 15, 2008

Around The League ... Pearn/Martin Reunion In Florida? ... Tough Year For Gerber ... Meet Larry Pleau - The Invisible Man

Could Perry Pearn be leaving the New York Rangers as their assistant to head up coaching duties in Florida with his old Senators friend Jacques "Mr. Personality" Martin?

Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post has the story:

"Jacques knows my philosophy and he knows what I bring from a coaching and teaching perspective," Pearn said. "I doubt anyone in the NHL has had a closer relationship with him over the years." ...

Pearn, 57, said he thought he might join Martin when he came to Florida in 2004, but that the Rangers made a significantly higher offer.

"I certainly enjoyed the time Jacques and I spent together," he said. "We complement each other very well."

Pearn is credited with having a significant role in developing young Ottawa players such as Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat, Wade Redden and Chris Phillips.

- Palm Beach Post


In case anyone missed this, prepare yourself for the best "own goal" of all time. Martin Gerber is the victim of his own defenseman at the World Championships here in Canada.


Since when did ex-Canuck GM Dave Nonis become a hot commodity? His team was pretty average in Vancouver and he was seen as too tentative in his attempts to land more scoring. Yet everyone is dying to talk to this guy. You can add the St. Louis Blues to the list. President John Davidson said that long-time GM Larry Pleau is staying but has anyone noticed that Pleau has become the invisible man in Missouri since Davidson took over? Who's really making the player personnel decisions over there anyways?

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