BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Devils are back from the AHL All-Star break preparing for a date at home against Rochester Friday night. Before the team returns to game action, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal caught up with B-Devils head coach Mark Dennehy to talk about his Super Bowl LIII pick, the Ryan Murphy trade and Mackenzie Blackwood getting called up to New Jersey.
Coach Dennehy’s Super Bowl LII pick:
“If I knew that, I’d put a lot of money down on it and I’d be the first volunteer head coach in the AHL,” said Binghamton Devils head coach Mark Dennehy. “But, I don’t know. I do know that most of the time when the (New England) Patriots are in the Super Bowl it’s usually a tight game. So, I’m predicting a close game at the end.”
Coach Dennehy’s thoughts on his new defenseman Ryan Murphy:
“He’s got 174 NHL games, which says a lot,” said Dennehy. “Former first-round draft pick with Carolina. Skilled, very mobile. A guy that can quarterback your power-play and I think sometimes, it’s just a change of scenery for both parties, and I think that’s probably more the case. Excited to get him. Really want to thank (Michael Kapla) for all he did here too. Mike was not just a good hockey player, but a good citizen. But, excited to work with Ryan. He should be in in time for this weekend’s games.”
Coach Dennehy’s thoughts on his revolving door in net with Mackenzie Blackwood called up to New Jersey and Cam Johnson sent down to Binghamton:
“As long as there’s a good one to put in the net on game time, I’m fine with it,” said Dennehy. “That kind of goes with the job and there has been (a good goalie to put in net). Like I said last week, we’ve got a lot of good goaltenders in this organization and it definitely is a calming influence on a coach.”
Binghamton is back in action Friday night at home against Rochester. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.