AHL Penguins notes: Hynes an option for BU opening
Might current coach John Hynes be the one to break that streak?
For the first time in 40 years, Boston University, the school where Hynes played from 1994-97 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant, has a head coaching opening now that the legendary Jack Parker has announced his retirement.
Hynes has been mentioned as a possible replacement along with Colorado Avalanche assistant David Quinn and head coach Joe Sacco, New York Rangers assistant Mike Sullivan and BU assistant Mike Bavis.
“It's something that is obviously out there right now, but just like the players, (the coaches) have a job to do here,” Hynes said. “We worked as a group all year long to try to get ourselves in the playoffs and be able to go after a Calder Cup. That's the most important thing. As a coach, you feel that loyalty to your team and the people you work with. My focus right now is we have a real good stretch run here and get ourselves in the playoffs.”
Hynes has a long track record of success coaching young players. He has won 136 games in less than three seasons with the Baby Pens and was named AHL Coach of the Year in 2010-11. Before joining the pro ranks, he led the U.S. under-18 national team to medals in three world championships, including gold in 2006. He also has coached collegiately at UMass-Lowell and Wisconsin.
Road trip redux
The Baby Pens went 4-2 on their longest road trip of the season: a six-game journey through New England March 8-16. Winger Chad Kolarik, acquired from the Rangers in a January trade for winger Benn Ferriero, had six points in the six games.
Goalie Sean Maguire, the Penguins' fourth-round pick in last June's draft, has come on strong at the end of his freshman season at Boston University.
He was splitting time in net until his goaltending partner, fellow freshman Matt O'Connor, went down with a collapsed lung late last month.
Maguire took over as the No. 1 goalie and flourished. He was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week after leading BU to a two-game sweep of Merrimack in the conference quarterfinals.
Good news/bad news
Defenseman Scott Harrington, a second-round pick in 2011, had a good news/bad news end to his season with the OHL's London Knights.
He was named his conference's top defensive defenseman in a vote of league coaches for the second straight year, but he suffered a shoulder injury that cost him the last three weeks of the regular season. He was considered day to day as the Knights began the playoffs this weekend.
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