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PHT Morning Skate: Penguins might target BriseBois for GM job

May 23, 2014, 8:08 AM EDT

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Starting on Saturday, the Eastern and Western Conference Final series are scheduled to alternate on a daily basis, but before that happens, all four teams will rest today. With no games to preview, we’re instead taking a look around the league this morning:

Boston Bruins president Cam Neely and general manager Peter Chiarelli both wished outgoing assistant general manager Jim Benning luck ahead of his introduction as Vancouver’s new general manager today. (Boston Herald)

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins are continuing their search for a new general manager and it looks like Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois might be in the running. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was even angrier about his team’s collapse the morning after it happened. “Normally it’s the other way around.” Still, the team is moving forward. (CSN Chicago)

The AHL Toronto Marlies don’t want to get overconfident after sweeping their first two playoff series. (

Defenseman Josh Morrissey, 19, has been able to make a smooth transition from the WHL to AHL St. John’s IceCaps. He was taken by Winnipeg with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (Winnipeg Sun)

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter isn’t one for making big speeches to his players. “They don’t need some coach coming in there yelling and hollering,” he said. (LA Kings Insider)

  1. themagicman1223 - May 23, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    It’s Brisebois, not BriseBois.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      I was curious and Googled the name. It’s spelled correctly here: BriseBois.

      • c9castine - May 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Flawless Victory

  2. patthehockeyfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Once again, it’s difficult for Q to give the Kings much credit for Wednesday’s win. True, Chicago collapsed in that game; yet, the Kings turned it on and started to play the way they’ve played and won all year.

    Coach Q: “They’ve got to work for their goals. They came rather easily. Against a team that has some skill, some playmaking ability, we’ve got to make sure to work harder in those areas.”

    Uh-huh. “Some” skill; “some” playmaking ability.

    In fairness, in describing how Chicago shifted its game once they were down 4 – 2, Q said they began taking chances, and, “Then came the high quality against us.”

    Prior to Game 2, Jarret Stoll said what I considered inspirational: “It was just kind of an enough-is-enough attitude.”

    Finally, I’ve loved Darryl Sutter for a number of reasons; but, none more so than his attitude about coaching, and especially if / how to address the team between periods: “There’s that group of guys, and you trust what they’re doing. If you have to reinforce something, reinforce it. If not, stay out of their way.”

    Perfect management skill!


    • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      I know you’re not one of my biggest fans, but I got to say that I agree 100% with you. Many times you get a sense that the team is toast after giving up the first goal. Consider the 2 goals the Hawks score; 1) breakaway and Quick wasn’t great 2) Another breakaway and again Quick wasn’t great.

      Even 2 goals down I never got the sense the Kings were out of it. I kept thinking that the rest they got between game 1 and 2 would be a factor in this game.

      You had doubts when I wrote they would lose because playing on one days rest and traveling after a game 7 is so difficult.

      • patthehockeyfan - May 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Hey, joey! Remember this?:

      • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        I do, and I’m not getting the point. Whoooosh! That’s the sound I just heard over my head again. Sorry!

    • avscup - May 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Um…what do you expect from Q? “Wow, those kings are amazing, we probably can’t beat them.” He’s never been known as a Sutter(who I love as a coach)! Two completely different styles. Q believes in controlling what you can!

      • patthehockeyfan - May 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        The least I expect is a mensch. Instead, he’s a schmuck.

      • avscup - May 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Well aren’t you quit the old blister!

  3. bobc74 - May 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    So here’s a scenario that will make you chuckle, just hope you’re not halfway through a sip of coffee while reading. Pens hire assistant GM from Tampa, who fires Bylsma and hires former Tampa coach Tortorella.

    • pmac26 - May 23, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Tortorella will NEVER be coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins! He was once quoted as saying “that’s the most arrogant franchise in hockey” referring to the Penguins. Mario Lemieux would never allow that hire to happen.

    • steelpenbucs87 - May 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      BriseBois joined the Lightning in 2010 and Tortorella left the Lightning in 2008, so no connection there.

      Guy Boucher on the other hand might make a little bit more sense (from the connection perspective, not necessarily a hockey one).

      • c9castine - May 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        if the pens hired guy boucher id probably adopt the red wings or candiens or isles as my team or something.


  4. JoeAvg - May 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Whatever they’re going to do they need to do it soon. The draft is not far away and to leave it up to the assistant of the man you just fired doesn’t make a lot of sense.

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 23, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Do the Pens get the number one pick overall this year too ?

    • miketoasty - May 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      They do not, but don’t forget the Flyers still haven’t won a cup since 1975.

      • theageofquarrel - May 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Coming up on it’s 40th Anniversary

      • caspermilktoast - May 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        But you still lead us in tanking seasons, moving rumors, and bankruptcy procedures…

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 23, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        In 1975 the FLYERS chose Mel Bridgman with the number one overall pick in the draft who went on to have a impactful NHL career ! In 1975 in the first round of the NHL draft the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted one Gord Laxton let me say that again Gord Laxton who in 4 years with the Pens played 17 games hahahahahahahahhahaah ! Bankrupt !!!

      • miketoasty - May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Yet, we’re still sitting pretty in Pittsburgh, with a brand new building, two of the best players in the world, have made it further than the Flyers in the playoffs 5 the last 8 seasons, and have more cups than the Flyers….

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        In the 1967 NHL draft with the second pickin the draft the organizations first ever pick in the draft ,,the Penguins drafted a goaltender named Steve Rexe ,,,well Steve was a smart man he refused to sign with Pittsburgh instead opting to sign with the Canadian national team ! HAHAHAHAHAHAAHHA ! Bankrupt OH !

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        With the 4th overall pick in the 1968 NHL draft the Pittsburgh Penguins select drum toll ,,,,,,,,center GARRY SWAIN ! Garry went on to play a full 9 games over a 3 year period for the Pittsburgh Penguins ! AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA ! BANKRUPT !

      • theageofquarrel - May 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        3 Cups to the Flyers 2

      • caspermilktoast - May 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        And you have 3 more than St. Louis. So what the bleep is your point? Keep the 1975 remarks going. We’ll keep laughing at you just like when you had the gold home jerseys and MATCHING helmets, and the consistent playoff underachieving that got your Disco Dan fired!

      • miketoasty - May 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        First off, Dan Bylsma still has a job.

        Second, the point isn’t that we have three cups in total, Montreal and Detroit have many more. The point is that both the Penguins and Flyers started the same year yet the Penguins have won more cups in that time. Most of the current Flyers fans probably weren’t even alive the last time the Flyers actually won a cup.

        Finally, you’re really going to bash on team colors, that’s relevant, but in that case… The Flyers were named that because how players “Fly” around the ice. Is that some sort of joke? You should have named your football team the “Philadelphia Runners” and your basketball team the “Philadelphia Dribblers”.

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