The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders victory against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon won‚Äôt help Lane Kiffin keep his job. Raiders owner Al Davis is adamant about getting rid of Kiffin and is expected to fire Kiffin very soon. The Chronicle reports Kiffin’s fate was sealed on Wednesday when “Kiffin told the media that the 41-14 Monday night meltdown against the Broncos happened in large part because defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the team’s owner conspire to exclude him from defensive decisions.” Will the Raiders go in-house for their next coach. The S.F. Chronicle believes so and mentions that is very likely that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be named the Raiders head coach. Source: S.F. Chronicle
The Carolina Hurricanes have missed the playoffs for two straight years and speculation has been rampant that Canes head coach Peter Laviolette will be on a short leash this year. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford tried to put an end to the speculation by telling the News and Observer there is no pressure on Laviolette and he doesn‚Äôt want anybody to be under the gun heading into the season. The Hurricanes are two years removed from winning the Stanley cup in 2006 and rely on playoff income to be financially stable. Source: News&Observer
Internally the Ottawa Senators continue to flirt around the idea of acquiring Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider The Senators are in the market for an offensive defenseman and have shown an interest in Schneider for some time but were waiting for the Andrej Meszaros situation to resolve. The Senators have about $5 million in cap space and would have to send some salary back to the Ducks for a trade to work. Discussions are on-going. The Ducks are believed to be looking for draft picks and prospects in return. Brian Burke, the GM for the Anaheim Ducks has asked his scouting staff to provide scouting reports on potential targets from the LA Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres have recently inquired about the asking price for Schneider. It remains to be seen whether ownership has any intention to add Schneider‚Äôs salary. The Sabres have about $7 millionRead More »
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend did not practice for the third day in a row and is not expected to play Sunday night against the Browns. Townsend has been hindered by a heel contusion. Bryant McFadden will start in place of Townsend. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher tells Adam Shefter of the NFL network that he intends to stay retired and can‚Äôt see himself returning to the sidelines until at least 2010. Cowher didn’t rule out coaching in 2009 but said it’s unlikely. Cowher has been linked to just about every team whose coach is on the hot seat. Speculation is rampant that New York Jets owner Robert Wood Johnson IV has been keeping a close eye on whether Cowher intends to return to coaching. Expectations are high in New York and if they fail to make the playoffs head coach Eric Mangini could be on his way out. Sources close to Bill Cowher believe the coach is seeking up to $8 million per season to return to the NFL.
KDKA reporter Andy Sheehan reports there are indications that Dan Rooney may be have the money he needs to take control of the Steelers and a third offer may be on the way. Sources tell KDKA that Rooney has assembled a team of investors and appears to be the favorite to keep control of the team. The NFL was very forthcoming in their meeting with the Rooney family last month urging them to find a resolution to keep Dan Rooney in control. Source: KDKA
I’m hearing the New York Rangers have a 1year – $1.8 million offer on the table to Brendan Shanahan. Indications are Shanahan is seeking over $2 million per season but he is expected to accept the Rangers offer. Expect an official announcement by the weekend. The New York Post speculates there has been some complications in the negotiations.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Browns safety Sean Jones will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss up to four to six weeks. Jones is the Browns most dynamic player in an already shaky secondary. This past Sunday the Browns had to face Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys aerial attack, now they have the task of facing Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers passing attack with their top safety out of action.