The Hockey Hall of Fame has schedule a press conference for 3:30pm EST/12:30 PST. At that time the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee will announce the 2009 induction class.
They may have to delay their announcement because they may have trouble getting hold of Steve Yzerman. Yzerman, an absolute shoo-in to be included in today's announcement, has been busy working the phones as Team Canada's general manager of the 2010 Olympic team. It appears that he will be confirming Mike Babcock as the long suspected head coach of Team Canada on Thursday, with speculation running rampant about the assistant coaching staff.
In other coaching news, it is also imminent that the Calgary Flames will hire Brent Sutter. How does that work? He's under contract in New Jersey, quits but then a couple of weeks later signs with another team? You can't do that?!
Montreal has also been busy cleaning house. Yesterday they fired their minor league coaching staff - Don Lever and the other Ron Wilson. Today they've removed Doug Jarvis as an assistant with the Habs, although they are retaining Kirk Muller. There has been no word yet on goalie coach Rollie Melanson, although speculation has it he will not be back.
Update: Craig Hartsburg has a new coaching job - with Everett of the WHL.
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