Monday, April 23, 2012

Vigneault? Been there, done that

Stand by for the Alain Vigneault rumours to heat up after the Vancouver coach steered the heavily-favored Canucks onto the rocks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. There's a media consensus that Vigneault's goose is cooked in Vancouver, and that he'll jump to the head of the line for the Canadiens' job. No disrespect to the man, but Vigneault, who coached the Habs from 1997 to 2000, is a "been there, done that" proposition. I really don't see the point in recycling a guy who couldn't get over the hump with a team as talented as the Canucks...The more I think about it, the more I like Patrick Roy as the next coach of the Canadiens. So what if he's volatile? In a hockey-mad market like Montreal, some emotion would be a welcome change after two-and-a-half seasons of the deadpan coaching stylings of Jacques Martin. Roy is a fan favorite and proven winner who won't abide indifference or mediocrity, HATES to lose and has paid his dues as a junior coach. What other qualifications do you need?...If there was a defining sequence in the opening-round epic between the Penguins and Flyers, it was the first shift of yesterday's game in Philadelphia, where playoff MVP frontrunner Claude Giroux knocked Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby on his can, and then fired a wrist shot past embattled Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to send the Flyers on their way to a series-clinching win. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette is guilty of hyperbole when he calls Giroux the best player in the world, but the 24 year old franco-Ontarian is unquestionably the best player so far in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs...Don't know if you saw the supposedly unintentional elbow that got reformed pro basketball bad boy Metta World Peace kicked out of yesterday's Lakers-Thunder NBA game, but it brought to mind Marty McSorley's unintentional high stick on Donald Brashear, Earl Jones' unintentional misappropriation of client funds and Germany's unintentional invasion of Poland...Someone stole my son's Philadelphia Eagles hat at his school dance Saturday, but returned it after realizing it was an Eagles hat.

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