1) The Cop ofcourse is former NHL head coach Pat Burns. Our sources tell us that the former bench boss and former Hull, Quebec detective is taking/receiving inquiries already from several teams that may want/need his services. Among these are his current employer The NJ Devils.
2) Apparently Lou is not at all happy with the job his new coach Brent Sutter appears to be doing. The Devils are off to a horrid start,(3-6-1) after 10 games. Admitedly they started 9 of those on the road, but in their inaugural game at their new facility in Newark they "looked dead", as one NHL scout told us yesterday. They were embarrassed in front of their home crowd. That kind of thing does not sit well with Lamarello.
3) However we have been told that the Devils are NOT the only team that has sent out some initial 'feelers' to the Burns camp. Here are a list of teams that have contacted Burns' agent since the summer:
- Toronto- The Leafs tried to lure their former boss out of retirement this summer only to be politely rebuffed
- Boston- Another of Pat's former teams where he won his last of 3 Jack Adams awards as best coach. Apparently Claude Julian was not Peter Chirelli's first choice to lead the B's. However much like the Leafs, they were quickly turned down.
- NY Rangers- A reliable source within the MSG hierarchy has informed FAUXRUMORS that Glen Sather met with the former NJ coach last week "to discuss his health". We can only assume Sather would want such a meeting if he was contemplating replacing his current coach Tom Renney with Burns. Our source did NOT want to reveal the nature of the meeting or if the job was offered.
- LA- Dean Lombardi we're told has Pat Burns on a short list of potential replacements for his beleaguered current bench boss, Crawford who apparently has 'lost his team'. No word if Burns has officially been contacted.
4) From the sounds of things Pat is a wanted man. The great unknown as of this writing is he able to/want to get back into coaching? We are fairly sure he wants to get back in there, but from what he has stated publicly in the past, it would require a clean bill of health from his Dr. and the OK from his family. We believe, if healthy, the Rangers, Devils, Kings, or a few more teams would significantly benefit from the firm hand that "The Cop" brings to his teams. He is a winner, and those teams are in need of one right about now before their seasons are lost.