Monday, June 10, 2013

1. It isn’t often that someone is invited back to coach a team that he used to coach. But it seems that Kevin Constantine is on his way back to the Everett Silvertips. . . . Constantine was the Silvertips’ first head coach, in 2003-04 when they were an expansion franchise. You may recall that the Silvertips reached the WHL final that season, only to be swept by the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . Think about that for a moment: An expansion team all the way to the WHL final. . . . After Everett, he spent three seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Houston Aeros. Then it was on to HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss National League A. He was fired as head coach 14 games into the 2012-13 season, but was kept on the payroll and did some scouting. . . . Now I’m told that he is en route to Everett and will be introduced as the Silvertips’ head coach at a news conference on Thursday.

2. The NHL’s Edmonton Oilers are expected to name Dallas Eakins their next head coach, perhaps as early as today. Bob Duff of the Windsor Star has an interesting piece right here on that situation.

3. F Landon Ferraro (Red Deer, Everett, 2007-11) had a goal and two assists Sunday as the visiting Grand Rapids Griffins scored a 6-4 victory over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 2 of the AHL final. . . . The Griffins lead the best-of-seven Calder Cup final 2-0 with Game 3 in Grand Rapids on Wednesday. . . . F Triston Grant (Lethbridge, Vancouver, 2000-05) also scored for the winners, while F Brett Connolly (Prince George, 2008-11) had a goal and an assist for the Crunch. . . . Yes, Ferraro is a son to Ray Ferraro.

4. If you spend any time watching the Toronto Blue Jays, are you wondering when they will learn to stop whimpering about the umpiring? Right-fielder Jose Bautista got tossed in the ninth inning of a 6-4 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers on Sunday. Gotta think it’ll be a while before he gets the benefit of the doubt from any of the men in blue.

5. The NBA final now is 1-1 with the Miami Heat and the Spurs heading to San Antonio for Game 3 on Tuesday. The Heat won 103-84 on Sunday in a game that was decided by a 30-5 Miami run in the second half. . . . And why is it called the NBA Finals, when it’s a single series?

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