Your Daily Cup: Don’t Leave Us, Haviland!

A message for Winnipeg.

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Mike Haviland will be interviewing with Kevin Cheveldayoff, the Winnipeg NHL team’s new general manager, for the vacant head coaching position today. He joins Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel, TSN analyst Craig McTavish, and Atlanta head coach Craig Ramsay in the interview pool.

As much as I would love to act like an adult and wish Haviland the best of luck — you know what? No. I would like this poaching of the Blackhawks’ talent to begin and end with Cheveldayoff, no matter how much Haviland deserves to be a head coach of an NHL team. Is it selfish? Hell yes, it’s selfish! I want Haviland to stay here and work his magic, okay? I don’t want to be stuck with only Mike Kitchen backing up Coach Q! I’ll cry!

…Er, sorry, Kitchen.

After the jump, Campoli talks about joining the Competition Committee (turns out he’s a bright guy with a keen interest in the union — who knew?):

Chris Campoli called into Fan 590 in Toronto on June 14 to talk about his selection to the Competition Committee. If his selection to the committee was a surprise to you (and let’s be honest — it seemed to come out of the blue to me), it won’t be after you listen to his interview.

John Wiedeman and Troy Murray were honored as Illinois’ best sports play-by-play team by the Illinois Broadcasters Association, according to this press release from the Blackhawks:

Chicago Blackhawks radio play-by-play broadcaster John Wiedeman and color analyst Troy Murray received top honors in the “Sports Play-By-Play” category at the 2011 Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Silver Dome Awards, held June 15.

In addition to honoring the work of Wiedeman and Murray, the IBA recognized Blackhawks radio flagship WGN Radio with first place honors in seven categories, the most of any station, including Station Of The Year and best station website.

“These are well deserved honors for both John and Troy as well as our great partners at WGN Radio,” said Executive Vice-President Jay Blunk. “We’re fortunate to have them painting a vivid picture of Blackhawks hockey all season. Throughout the Midwest, and around the world on, our fans can feel like they’re in the United Center thanks to our talented broadcasters.”

WGN Radio has been the flagship station for the Blackhawks since the start of the 2008-09 campaign. The partnership united two historic Chicago institutions that have been part of the city’s fabric for over 80 years.

Congrats to John and Troy! I know I enjoy listening in to WGN Radio during Blackhawks games (and have attempted to sync up the radio broadcast to the television broadcast without much success — any luck out there?).

In “one born every minute” news, here’s this bit from TSN’s Off-Season Game Plan for the Red Wings:

With enough cap room that they may be able to take a shot at some of the top-scoring free agents, upgrading their talent on the top lines, which will have a trickle-down effect through the lineup, the Wings may want to look to free agents like Brooks Laich, Erik Cole, Alex Tanguay, Simon Gagne or perhaps even a return of Tomas Kopecky, who has improved since last wearing the Winged Wheel.

(Emphasis mine, of course.)

Yeah, Detroit, you know you want him back. Uh.

Will you be in Vaughan, Ontario on Tuesday, July 26? If so, why? Want to meet Dave Bolland? Well, come on down to A.J. Sports World between 7-8pm! Details are here.

And now, here’s a new feature of Your Daily Cup — the Search Term Of The Day! As I have noted before, we’ve recently been able to access our Google Analytics accounts. This coincided with the site finally appearing in Google searches. This has led to an uptick in search activity — and a window into how people find my site.

Today’s Search Term Of The Day:

“bruins the bruins what”

Let’s honor the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions one more time. This is what that search term is talking about:


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