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FHN Today: Tortorella, Cassidy fill NHL coaching vacancies



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The NHL Coaching Carousel continues to spin although two big hires have been made as Bruce Cassidy lands in Vegas with John Tortorella heading to Philadelphia.

As of Thursday morning, Cassidy’s gig with the Vegas Golden Knights has been announced by the team; reports are Torts has been offered the Flyers’ job but nothing is official.

Barry Trotz, who continues to be linked to his hometown Winnipeg Jets, has not made any indications of where he will land.

Locally, of course, Andrew Brunette remains the interim coach of the Florida Panthers with no news on what is going on here.

We should know more soon.

The Panthers will have a different looking coaching staff next season after Derek MacKenzie and Ulf Samuelsson were let go. 


Media Day was held on Tuesday in Denver as Game 1 kicks off on Wednesday night.

Nazem Kadri is doubtful for Game 1 – and more Colorado Avalanche news.

— Brayden Point has not played since getting hurt in Game 7 of the opening series but could be back for the Lightning.

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— Too soon to call the Lightning a dynasty? No.

— Darcy Kuemper is calm and collected going into the Final for the Avalanche.

— Here are some Colorado players who could give the Lightning fits.


We continue our look at what the Florida Panthers’ roster may look like next season as today we visit the future of Maxim Mamin in Sunrise.

He obviously showed his worth upon his return to the Panthers with seven goals in 40 games. He played a lot of different roles with the team and will not cost a whole lot.

The big question is whether he wants to come back — Mamin is UFA — or thinks he would get a better chance to play somewhere else.

— In case you missed it, we also looked at the futures of Jonathan Huberdeau and Eetu Luostarinen as well as others.

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— Here is my weekly visit to talk about the Panthers with Big O.

Grigori Denisenko missed the second half of the season with the Charlotte Checkers and now we know why.

— The Panthers added to their organizational depth with the signings of Swedish defenseman Calle Sjalin and Finnish forward Anton Levtchi.

— More on Justin Sourdif helping the Edmonton Oil Kings to the WHL championship.


Cassidy is a beat writer’s dream and now he is the new coach of the  Vegas Golden Knights.

Philly Hockey Now: If the Philadelphia Flyers were going to get Trotz, perhaps a lifetime supply of cheesesteaks would help.

Detroit Hockey Now: The Detroit Red Wings are still looking for a coach and here is the latest on their search.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Dave Molinari spoke with Rick Tocchet who says the Pittsburgh Penguins are contenders.

Vancouver Hockey Now: Could J.T. Miller be traded by the Vancouver Canucks?


Speaking of Philly, the Marlins rallied to win in the City of Brotherly Love on Tuesday night.

— The Miami Hurricanes landed a big-time recruit.

— And the NCAA is looking into all those big-money NIL deals the Hurricanes have been doling out.

— Hard Rock Stadium should be in the running as a 2026 World Cup venue.

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