Mike Holmgren is apart of the Cleveland Browns, NHL Notes

Good Morning Sports Fans!

After weeks of speculation, rumors of Mike Holmgren coming to Cleveland officially came true on Monday as the former Seahawks coach accepted the Browns offer to become their next team president. Details of the agreement are still being worked out but Cleveland Browns fans got an early Christmas present as Holmgren has officially accepted the Browns offer to work for them.

As reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Holmgren will not be coaching the Browns but there is still no word on whether or not he will keep current Head Coach Eric Mangini at the helm. Since he has taken over as Browns Head Coach, Mangini has only managed a 3-11 record, has fined his players for bizarre instances, has been criticized for practices that are too long and hard and has been considered one of the worst hires in Browns history. Mangini has received some praise for being the first Browns Head Coach since Butch Davis to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers but that may not be enough to save his job. Some believe Mangini at least deserves another year as head coach but with how poorly the team played earlier this year, he may not get that opportunity.

The Browns have struggled on the field this season and Holmgren will have to make some tough decisions. The team seems to be playing better over the past couple weeks but Brady Quinn has not had impressive passing numbers. The team has had to rely on running the ball and to be one of the best in the NFL, the Browns will need to attack by ground and by air. Quinn has helped the Browns pull off the last couple of victories but has not played well on a consistent basis. The team needs work in the secondary and will need another defensive tackle. Holmgren has a penchant for picking good talent in the draft and will help bring key free agents to the Browns. Holmgren has helped build teams before and has the talent to rebuild the Browns franchise as he will have to make some decisions.

In addition to helping the team on the field, Holmgren’s hiring should help the team off the field with ticket sales. The Browns will still lose season ticket holders after this rough season but may be able to get some more to think twice about not renewing for next season. Holmgren would not have come to Cleveland if he felt like he could not make a difference. Holmgren is determined to win and will help make this franchise better.

Moving on to NHL action from Monday evening, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur recorded his record setting 104th career shutout by blanking the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0. The Penguins had been on a roll coming into this game but with Brodeur as hot as ever, the Devils are a tough team to beat in the NHL. With goals by Bryce Salvador, Niclas Bergfors, Patrik Elias and Mike Fraser, the Devils were able to provide the help needed to shut down the Penguins.

When looking at the Atlantic Division standings, the Devils are in first place and the Penguins are in a close second. With the Rangers, Flyers and Islanders playing inconsistently this season, we should see a battle to win the division coming out of the All-Star Break. The Devils have been magnificent due to fabulous goaltending by Brodeur but don’t count the Penguins out. The Penguins play well within their own division and can catch up on any team easily. If netminder Marc-Andre Fleury stays healthy, this Penguins team could be a challenge for the Devils down the stretch.

The Columbus Blue Jacket’s on ice troubles continued last night as the team lost again 5-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes. Phoenix took an early 2-0 lead in the first period with goals by Scottie Upshall and and Matthew Lombardi. It wasn’t quite the onslaught the Jackets faced in the first period Saturday night against the Avalanche but it was enough to give the Coyotes momentum.

The Coyotes would go up 3-0 with a Shane Doan goal in the second period and it wasn’t until Derick Brassard put one in the net at 6:27 in the second to get Columbus on the board. It still wasn’t enough as another goal by Upshaw and a Radim Vrbata score sealed the deal for the Coyotes for a 5-2 victory. Antoine Vermette had the other Blue Jackets goal late in the third period.

The Jackets have struggled this season and this road trip so far has been horrendous for the team. The game against the Avalanche was a nightmare for the team and giving up two early goals to Phoenix in this game did not make things any better. The Jackets have to start scoring first and take the lead instead of having to always play catch up. The goaltending has been a bit inconsistent this season, however, neither Steve Mason or Mathieu Garon have gotten much help in front of the net. The Jackets need to make some trades and possibly bring in a new coach to turn things around.

That’s it for now. Keep it real.

Jeff

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~ by jeffrsabo on December 22, 2009.

One Response to “Mike Holmgren is apart of the Cleveland Browns, NHL Notes”

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