Would have been a bigger group, but the Dolphins are having a competing presser, and you know who gets precedence in this town.
Still, a large group here for the formal introductions.
"We're proud and privileged to have Peter lead our group,'' JM said.
Said Pete: "We're very excited about moving to South Florida. I know what the expectations are, where the bar is set. There's a lot of work to be done, but I'm excited.''
Watching the Canes and have a lot of work to do, but spoke to Pete and JM after the presser and got some news and notes. Once I get done doing my traditional newspaper work done, will update here.
For those who asked, both JM and DeBoer were asked if anything changed with Olli Jokinen's situation. These are paraphrases...
JM: "I don't think anything has changed. We don't have many untouchables on our roster. If we see a chance to improve our team, we will.''
DeB: "Those are decisions that are best left up to Jacques. My plan is to come here in September and go to training camp with whatever team I'm given.''
-- DeBoer plans to meet with the assistant coaches this week in Ottawa at the draft, says no decision has been made. XM Radio is speculating that Paul Maurice, a good friend of DeBoer, could be coming here as an assistant if he doesn't land a head coaching job this season.
-- JM says talks are moving forward with both Campbell and Olesz. Doesn't seem to be concerned with either.
-- JM adds nothing new with the Bo situation, adding he's been busy with the coaching search and now the draft is here. JM adds he'll get to Bo next week when the draft is over. If I had to bet, I would guess next week is going to be pretty busy what with buyouts coming to guys he can't trade, and possibly others signing.
-- On a different note, congratulations to Doug Betters and Bob Baumhower for their induction into the Dolphins Ring of Honor. Was a big fan of both of those guys growing up, and even cut Betters' grass a few times as he lived down the street from me when we moved up from Miami to Pembroke Lakes way back when. A.J. Duhe and John Offerdahl up next for the Ring.
Photo Credit: Walt Michot, Miami Herald Staff