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• Why Barry Trotz going back home to Winnipeg with the Jets makes a lot of sense. [Sportsnet]
• “There were certainly times this season when it seemed like the Islanders were not responding well to the actions of Trotz but again, in what was the craziest season in quite some time and certainly did not seem to be the prime issue.” [NY Hockey Now]
“The concern for Lou skeptics is — and this goes back to his Toronto tenure and his final several years in Jersey — his roster construction and cap management has been puzzling. Is bringing a new coach to this same group going to make the critical difference?” [Lighthouse Hockey]
• “We played soft. We were soft all over the ice. That’s the biggest difference. We were soft all over the ice,” said Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant, who noted Igor Shesterkin will start Game 5. [NY Post]
• The Flames performed in Game 4 like they had been doing before the playoff. [TSN]
• Will Pierre McGuire return to our TV screens soon? Maybe, now that he’s been fired by the Senators less than a year into his job as VP of player development. [PHT]
• On the Senators firing McGuire: “As a highly recognizable personality who also happened to be one of the organization’s first major external hires since 2003, I could understand the discomfort that his presence probably created — especially since Melnyk hired him unilaterally. Since inheriting the general manager title in 2016, Dorion may have felt like McGuire was a threat to his job.” [Graeme Nichols]
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PHT Morning Skate: Trotz firing reactions; ‘soft’ Rangers originally appeared on NBCSports.com