News And Notes: Coaching Changes, Canada World Junior Roster, Winter Classic JerseysNovember 28, 2011, by
A lot happened in the hockey world today, as it seems the Monday after Thanksgiving was when everyone decided to break news or make staffing changes. First, Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice were fired as the head coaches of the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes. They will be replaced by Dale Hunter and Kirk Muller respectively.
We hinted that Boudreau might be fired after the Rangers dominated the Caps on Friday, and we were dead on. The Caps just stopped playing for him. As for Maurice, the Canes have been struggling all year and only two of their players are on the positive end of the plus/minus stat. Sure, the stat is misleading, but to only have two players on the positive end means something is wrong.
In more Ranger-focused news, highly touted prospect Christian Thomas has been invited to the 2012 World Junior Championship camp for Team Canada. He is the only prospect in the Rangers organization to be invited to camp. Dylan McIlrath was notably absent from the roster.
Also, the Rangers released their Winter Classic jerseys (below) this afternoon (side note: why is jersey the only word in the English language that ends in a ‘y’, but isn’t pluralized with ‘ies’?). To all the people that bought the “Winter Classic Jerseys” that “leaked” months ago…you must be kicking yourselves.