NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up links to other interesting stories from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- Do the Predators Coaching Changes Impact Player Acquisition? – This off season will be the first without the duo of head coach Barry Trotz and general manager David Poile working together on draft picks and player acquisitions. How much of a role Peter Laviolette and his stall will play in personnel decisions remains to be seen. The new coaching staff has all off season to become familiar with the Predators lineup, but key decisions need to be made over the next few weeks. [ Predlines ]
- New York Rangers Have Big Hole To Fill After Buyout Of Richards – Rangers fans may rejoicing that Brad Richards salary no longer counts towards the cap, but the Rangers now have to fill the hole left in the lineup. No one is going to argue against the fact Richards is on the decline, but for the Rangers this is Chris Drury all over again; an overpaid, top line center past his prime. Bleacher Report takes a look back at Richards’ time with the Rangers and what the Rangers lineup will miss in his absence next season. [ Bleacher Report ]
- Florida Panthers Head Coach Search – It would appear that the Florida Panthers have narrowed their search for a head coach down to two candidates; former Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, and current Montreal Canadiens assistant coach, Gerard Gallant. Gallant is considered the favorite by most sources, as Bylsma will command a bigger salary and may not even want the Panthers gig. Bylsma has the option to continue to cash his Penguins pay check and wait for the ideal head coaching position to open. While Bylsma can turn things around in Florida (with the help of Roberto Luongo in net), he may be holding out for an opportunity with a true contender. [ The Rat Trick ]