Lame duck Paddock
Critics say if New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello can fire Claude Julien and take over behind the bench as he did with a week to go before the playoffs last season — even though the team was leading its division — then Murray would be more than justified in doing the same here. Especially after what he did with the team as coach in 2006-07.Adami goes onto say that a move will be made in a couple of weeks, but the writing's already all over the wall. It's hard to imagine a more public platform for a coach to be canned in the press than on trade deadline day, when everyone's watching, and the only way speculation will stop is if this team goes on a torrid winning streak, beginning tomorrow in Philadelphia.
If the team continues to flounder, the pressure for Murray to take over might get unbearable for both him and Paddock.
Given the two eggs they just laid against Toronto and Boston, however, that's unlikely. A lot more unlikely than John Paddock sticking around a couple more weeks.