July 10, 1997 |
Pierre Page sold his Calgary home to the first prospective buyers to walk through the front door. Now if only the rest of his move to Anaheim would go as smoothly. "I just know it's immoral what Calgary is doing," Page said Wednesday. "Legally, they don't have a leg to stand on. I was a general manager for four years [with Quebec from 1990 to 1994] and I could not do what Calgary is doing. I can't remember a situation where somebody is not getting paid and isn't allowed to work."
August 9, 1997 |
The long wait is over for the Mighty Ducks. They will introduce Pierre Page as their new coach at noon today, bringing closure to an often mind-boggling episode in franchise history that began when Ron Wilson was let go May 20. Only the timing comes as a surprise and not much of one at that. Page, 49, has been the Ducks' top choice since he resigned June 18 after two seasons as coach of the Calgary Flames.
July 17, 1997 |
Right from the start it was apparent the Mighty Ducks had no plan. Back on May 20, they simply wanted Ron Wilson out after four seasons as their only coach. "Two to three weeks, maybe more," General Manager Jack Ferreira predicted when first asked how long it might take to hire a new coach.
August 6, 1997 |
The Mighty Ducks and Calgary Flames at last stopped their bickering Tuesday, agreeing on compensation that frees Pierre Page to become Anaheim's new coach. Duck General Manager Jack Ferreira expects to hire Page by week's end. "I'm relieved and I'm sure Calgary is too," Ferreira said. "Now both our organizations can focus on getting ready for the season. It's one more hurdle out of the way."
November 20, 1997 |
Coach Pierre Page vowed Wednesday to make sweeping changes if the Mighty Ducks continue to stumble around the rink as they did in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. "What you see on the ice, in my opinion, is a reflection of what some guys have been doing in practice, in the gym and in their preparation," Page said after the Ducks' winless streak reached six games (0-5-1) in front of 16,641 at the Pond. "I don't know what it is. Maybe too many distractions?
June 17, 1998 |
Pierre Page said Tuesday he knows why the Mighty Ducks fired him Monday. It had nothing to do with philosophical differences with General Manager Jack Ferreira and everything to do with Ron Wilson's success with the Washington Capitals. "There was a lot of heat in the kitchen," Page said, breaking his 24-hour silence during a subdued news conference in a Costa Mesa hotel ballroom. "It was a timing thing.
June 16, 1998 |
For the first time since stumbling across our sports landscape five years ago, Disney has uttered a memorable two-word phrase other than "Raise prices" or "Cut payroll" or "So what?" On Monday afternoon, Disney said, "My bad." To which the rest of us replied, "Duh," but what the heck. When it comes to the saga of Ron Wilson, we'll take contrition however we can get it.
August 10, 1997 |
On or around Pierre Page's 50th birthday, on the last day of April next year, the Mighty Ducks should be right in the middle of a do-or-die NHL Stanley Cup playoff series. By then, the following already will have happened to Pierre and his Ducks L'Orange County: * Two games in Japan (Oct. 3-4). * A six-game trip to St. Louis, Chicago, Carolina, Washington, Tampa Bay and Florida (Dec. 27-Jan. 4). (Try packing the proper winter clothing for that one.
March 20, 1998 |
The Mighty Ducks' unpredictable season continued Thursday at the CoreStates Center, where a 3-3 tie against the Philadelphia Flyers wasn't the most surprising news by night's end. How about Duck Coach Pierre Page dropping this bombshell during his postgame news conference: "I debated pulling the goalie [near the end of the game]. We need so many damn points now. But [assistant Don Hay] talked me out of it."