News And Notes: Coaching Changes, Canada World Junior Roster, Winter Classic Jerseys

November 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.


  1. CNP says:

    really liking the off-white

  2. Keeps says:

    I think they could have done a little better getting that “old school” look for the classic, but very solid sweater…

  3. Leatherneckinlv says:

    I like this jersey…at least it does bring back a history of the Rangers with it in that shield over our current logo.

  4. Jess says:

    McIlrath did not earn an invite to the Hockey Canada camp and it was the right call to make. To be honest I thought Thomas was not going to get an invite because of the almost “flat line” season he has been having.

    Michael St. Croix was a long shot who I was hoping would get an invite as he has been hottest Canadian prospect.

    Expect JT Miller to get US invite, Peter Ceresnak for Slovakia and Jesper Fasth for Sweden

  5. Sioux-per-man says:

    Not sure if I’m a fan of the Classic Jersey yet. It’s not something I would drop 2 bills on, how about you?

  6. The Suit says:

    I like the cream as well and the nod to the past with the logo.

  7. mhurley says:

    I don’t know. That red doesn’t read true red to me. It’s more of a tomato-y red, which is really orange.

    Orange and red are the Fishsticks colors.

  8. wwpd says:

    the words that have a penultimate vowel before the Y act that way.


    and so forth