Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher wasn't sad to see Doug Gilmour leave the Leafs organization yesterday.
In fact, Fletcher had just the opposite view on Gilmour's hiring as head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. Gilmour had been an assistant coach with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.
"I recommended he take the job," Fletcher said. "It's a great opportunity to become a head coach in the OHL. It's a step up from being an assistant (in the AHL)."
Of the 20 OHL coaches, Gilmour becomes the 12th who either played in the National Hockey League or who has been a head coach in the NHL.
RYDER ON THE STORM
A reunion with former coach Claude Julien has not done much for Bruins forward Michael Ryder.
Ryder fell hard with the Montreal Canadiens last season, scoring just 14 goals in 70 games and then became a healthy scratch for much of the playoffs. Ryder, who had put together back-to-back 30-goal seasons after the lockout, was run out of Montreal and signed a three-year, $12-million US deal with the Bruins in July.
Ryder had played for Julien in junior, the AHL, with the Canadiens and is doing the same in Beantown. But if Julien knows how to get the best out of Ryder, it's not happening.
Ryder scored last night to run his total this season to three goals in 18 games. None have come on the power play, which has been Ryder's bread and butter in the past.
"It would be a lot easier on me to put the puck in the net a little bit more, because that is what I am here to do," Ryder said. "But I think it has been a good fit for me overall. Eventually the puck will start going in at some point."
TAKE A DAY OFF
Leafs coach Ron Wilson couldn't understand why his club played at home last night against the Bruins after getting back from Vancouver the day before. What's more, the Leafs have four days off before playing host on Saturday to the Chicago Blackhawks.
"I would prefer another day off, but I guess TV rules," Wilson said. "It's a tough turnaround."
"It would be a lot easier on me to put the puck in the net a little bit more."
Bruins winger Michael Ryder on his scoring woes.