From Comcast SportsNetVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canucks fans were dejected but mostly peaceful despite another disappointing playoff run.Unlike the chaos that erupted last June when Vancouver lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, the city's downtown streets cleared quickly and there was little sign of trouble last night following the Canucks' 2-1 loss in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings and their early exit from the NHL playoffs.For the second year in a row, the Canucks managed to rack up the most points in the league during the regular season, winning the Presidents Cup, but they lost the first three games to the Kings, including two at home.A win in Los Angeles last week gave fans new hope, and the flames of that hope were fanned when the Canucks scored in the first period Sunday night. But the Kings tied it up in the third, sending the teams into a short and for Vancouver, disappointing, overtime period."Everybody was stunned silence. Nobody can believe that they are out," Rick Yuck of Calgary said, as some passers-by outside Rogers Arena chanted "Next year, next year."Keegan Grant was inside the arena when the Kings scored early in overtime and said other fans just got up from their seats and began to swear under their breath."My heart stopped," he said. "I was so sad. Words can't express my feelings right now."Ben Basran, of West Vancouver, said he was really mad and disappointed with the loss, but the 13-year-old was quick to put the Canucks' defeat into perspective.Basran said he will now cheer on the Ottawa Senators and begin to watch the city's other professional sports teams."You've got to get over it soon," he said. "You can't dwell on the past."Mike "the Piper" MacDonald was outside Rogers Arena, trying to help fans passing by do just that by playing "Amazing Grace.""Well, everybody knows it as a funeral tune, you know, end of an era, end of a life, end of the Canucks' life," MacDonald said of the song. "So that's very appropriate for tonight."Hanging like ghosts in the twilight sky, the pipe's haunting notes greeted the hockey faithful, some of whom smiled, while others cast their eyes down to the cold, gray sidewalks."I usually try to keep it upbeat, but not tonight. You've got to toy with the emotions of the crowd," MacDonald said. "You know, it helps them overcome their sorrows."
Trenni Kusnierek sits down for a couple of interviews at Spring Training in Fort Myers, FL.
First up, President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski talks about "winning the winter", and filling the leadership void left by David Ortiz.
Also, Dombrowski's two biggest acquisitions during his tenure with Boston , Chris Sale and David Price, discuss expectations for the rotation, and getting to know each other off the field.
After 17 years in the NFL, after five Super Bowl titles, after time spent as a defensive assistant, receivers coach, tight ends coach and offensive coordinator, after working with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks and under one Hall of Fame head coach, Brian Daboll is going back to school.
It makes sense that the new Alabama offensive coordinator chose to make the leap from the pro game to Tuscaloosa. In New England he was the offensive coordinator in waiting, it seemed, but Josh McDaniels still hasn't jumped at a head coaching gig and it's uncertain when he will.
With the Crimson Tide, Daboll will get a raise -- he'll easily double his Patriots salary, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss -- and a chance to call the plays for one of the premier programs in college football. He'll also remain in contention for NFL jobs down the line if he wants to work his way back; 'Bama's last offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, just jumped to the Falcons to replace Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator.
"We are certainly happy to add a coach the caliber of Brian Daboll to our staff," Nick Saban told RollTide.com. "I have known Brian since he worked for us as a GA at Michigan State and he has a fantastic reputation in the coaching profession. He brings a tremendous work ethic to the job and has a wealth of football knowledge. Brian is a great teacher of the game, and someone who can relate well to our players. We are excited to welcome Brian, his wife Beth and their family to Tuscaloosa."
In the last year alone, Daboll's resume got a nice bump as his teaching ability was highlighted throughout the course of New England's run to another Super Bowl. He helped Martellus Bennett grasp a complicated offensive system to the point where it was Bennett who was the target of Tom Brady's throws twice in overtime of the Super Bowl when the team was trying to punch one into the end zone. Bennett finished the season with 55 catches for 701 yards and seven scores.
Daboll was responsible for getting Matt Lengel up to speed late in the season with Rob Gronkowski out for the year and Bennett dealing with myriad injuries. Lengel, from Eastern Kentucky by way of Northeastern, worked with Daboll one-on-one at times in practice and made appearances in six regular-season games after having spent the majority of his first two pro seasons on the Bengals practice squad.
Daboll even deserves some recognition for the season that fullback James Develin put together, perhaps the best of his career to this point, as Develin met with the tight ends on a daily basis. When Gronkowski went out, Develin needed to be ready to take on more tight end responsibilities, and Daboll ran the crash course.
At Alabama, Daboll will work with a slightly different population. The players will be younger. They won't have the base of knowledge his pro pupils did. And he'll be working more closely with a new position as he takes on the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach.
"I am honored to have the chance to return to the college game and work for Coach Saban at Alabama," Daboll said in a statement. "He basically gave me my start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in the late 1990s and has always been a very important influence on my coaching career. It is a tremendous opportunity to work at an institution such as Alabama with its rich tradition and history of sustained success, and I'm very excited to get started."