The Mirtle morning roundup
I'm going to try and make this a new feature where I can post tidbits from around hockey that either aren't worth a full post or didn't get covered anywhere else.
Consider it a pick through the remnants:
Edible Desert Dogs
Sometimes you hit press release pay dirt, namely when an email titled "Wienerschnitzel named 'official hot dog' of the Phoenix Coyotes" hits your inbox.
Nevermind the fact the team's poised to enter the season with maybe five NHL-calibre forwards: The eating will be good.
“We are excited to have Wienerschnitzel join our family of corporate partners” said John Browne, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for the Coyotes and Jobing.com Arena. “We believe our new partnership with Wienerschnitzel provides us with a number of benefits including offering our guests their hot dogs throughout Jobing.com Arena."
Kings bag Bagnall
Los Angeles signed defenceman Drew Bagnall yesterday, who was the ECAC player of the year and a Hobey Baker finalist this season. Bagnall had been Panthers property, but he became an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday when Florida didn't sign him. Another savvy move by Dean Lombardi.
Despite getting several offers to be an assistant coach in the NHL, Don Hay signed a five-year contract extension to stay with the WHL's Vancouver Giants, the team he led to the Memorial Cup this year. Hay's a former Kamloops firefighter who rose through the ranks to coach the Blazers to the Memorial Cup, so he gets much love here.
Yawney a Duck
The Ducks named former Blackhawks head coach Trent Yawney a professional scout. Consider this a promotion.
DiMaio a Star
The Stars named Rob DiMaio a scout in the team's amateur and professional scouting department. DiMaio played in Dallas from 2001 to 2004 and had spent the past few seasons with Tampa Bay. He recently said in the Tampa press that he planned on trying to comeback for 2008-09, so there's a chance he may recommend himself to Doug Armstrong.
Edwards a Coyote
Phoenix named Ray Edwards assistant coach of the team's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Edwards was with the New Mexico Scorpions of the CHL. Consider this a promotion.
That's what I've got.
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