Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Former Terrier Fenton named Minnesota Wild GM; Who's next for BU?

Yesterday, a former Terrier skater from the 1980s was named to an NHL team leadership position….only it wasn’t David Quinn.  Paul Fenton was announced as the new general manager of the Minnesota Wild following 14 seasons in the Nashville Predators’ front office, 12 as assistant general manager to Dave Poile. He is credited with several of the trades that helped bring the Predators to last year’s Stanley Cup final.

Fenton, a Springfield, Mass., native skated as a forward for BU, tallying 74 points over three seasons (1979-82), one shortened due to injury.  He began his pro career with the IHL Peoria Prancers, scoring 111 points in 1982-83, before advancing to the NHL where he played 411 games for seven teams including Hartford, the Rangers, Los Angeles and Winnipeg.

Fenton spent 20 seasons with the Nashville organization, serving as general manager of the team’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee along with his duties as Preds’ assistant GM.

Former Terrier Charlie Coyle has been with the Wild since 2012, while this past season’s BU co-MVP, Jordan Greenway, signed with the Wild at the end of the past season.
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● Twin report 
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David Quinn is expected to be announced as the new head coach of the New York Rangers later this week or early next week. His departure, after five seasons at BU, has led to much speculation about his successor behind the Terrier bench.

● New England Hockey Journal  Who should replace David Quinn at BU?

Looking ahead

Among the Massachusetts players invited to the USA Hockey Festival Nation Camps are BU recruits Braden Doyle and Cade Webber, defensemen in the ’01 birthdate group. Doyle plays for Lawrence Academy and was its top-scoring defenseman with 24 points. Webber skates for The Rivers School under former Terrier All-American Shawn McEachern and had 10 points.  A festival invitee in the 2002 is David Sacco, whose father, David Sacco, was a two-time All-American and second in career scoring at BU with 217 points.

Looking back

Nick Bonino’s power play goal was the game-winner for Team USA, which defeated Canada, 4-1, in the bronze medal game of the IIHF World Championships in Denmark. Bonino’s goal in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and was followed by two empty netters.

Bonino and Charlie McAvoy were the BU alums skating for Team USA. With nine points (3g,6A) including an assist in the bronze medal game, McAvoy tied for the tournament lead in points by a defenseman. report

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Quinn reported to accept Rangers five-year offer

According to multiple reports, Terrier Head Coach David Quinn will step down after five seasons behind the BU bench to take the reins of the New York Rangers. While an official announcement is unlikely until early next week, sources have reported Quinn’s contract will bring him $12 million over the next five seasons.

Quinn and Denver’s Jim Montgomery had been mentioned in news reports as candidates for the New York job since late April. Montgomery recently signed on to coach the Dallas Stars. It was widely reported that Quinn, who had initially been contacted by Rangers assistant GM---and former BU All-American Chris Druryhad rejected the Rangers’ offer and was telling friends he would return to Agganis Way. 

However, as New England Hockey Journal and New York Hockey Journal columnist Jeff Cox tweeted earlier today “it appears the New York Rangers have sweetened the deal twice in an effort to pry David Quinn away from BU.”

Blog contributor Neal Boudette, writing for The New York Times, reported that “Quinn, and the Rangers came to an agreement in principle in the last several days after weeks of back-and-forth talks in which the coach had turned down at least one offer.”
Should he, in fact, become the Rangers’ head coach, he’ll have an instant trans-Hudson BU coaching rivalry with the Devil’s John Hynes, who recently completed his second year in New Jersey. A third former Terrier coaching in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division is Mike Sullivan, who led the Penguins to the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup championships.

Taking it a step further—seven of eight current Metropolitan Division coaches are former college players. The others are Islanders’ Doug Weight (Lake Superior State), Flyers’ Dave Hakstol (North Dakota) and Columbus’ John Tortorella (Maine).

During his five seasons at BU, Quinn compiled a 105-68-20 record winning the Hockey East title twice and the Beanpot championship once, while reaching the NCAA tournament four times, including the national championship game in 2015.

With the Rangers, Quinn would be reunited with former Terrier All-American Kevin Shattenkirk, whom he mentored while Associate Head Coach under Jack Parker.

Quinn was a standout defenseman for three seasons at BU in the mid-80s before a blood disorder put him on the sidelines.  A 1984 first-round pick of the Minnesota North Stars, he attempted a comeback in the early 1990s including one season with the Rangers’ AHL franchise.

Speculation about a successor to Quinn was immediate. Along with Associate Head Coach Albie O’Connell, who has been on Quinn’s staff the past four seasons, names being mentioned include former Terriers Joe Sacco and Jay Pandolfo, both currently Bruins’ assistants.

● College Hockey News report 
● USCHO report  
● New York Times report 
● Boston Globe report

Looking back 
● Hockey a love passed up through Rodrigues household 

Looking ahead 
The Massachusetts Final 40 tournament for choosing participants in USA Hockey’s Select 15, 16 & 17 development camps begins today with 2020 recruit Braden Doyle skating in the 2001 birthdate event.  This past season, Doyle was the top-scoring defenseman at Lawrence Academy with 24 points in 31 games.

Former Terriers Mike Grier and Carl Corazzini are among the event coaches, while three sons of former Terriers are also among the participants: Jack Bavis, Jayden Grier and David Sacco.
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