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2 or 3 Pieces?!?

Posted in Toronto Maple Leafs with tags , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by davepoleck

Yesterday was the Leafs media wrap up day for the season and it ended with a bang of a proclamation. Ron Wilson said that:

“We’re probably two or three pieces from being a true contender. But I’m talking a contender, not for the playoffs, I’m talking contender for the Stanley Cup. And it may come from within. You don’t know”

I am going to try to talk about the Leafs as little as possible from now until the offseason, but I just had to bring up this bold statement by their coach (who has one more year on his contract).

The best response I heard to this was the following three pieces:

  1. A powerplay
  2. A penalty kill
  3. A new coach

New Look Lightning

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by davepoleck

Part of the reason I picked the Lightning to finish 7th in the East is the addition of Guy Boucher behind the bench.  Boucher has succeeded at every level that he has coached at. As an assistant coach for Rimouski of the Q, they won the President Cup and went the Memorial Cup. He became head coach of Drummondville in 2006, and led them to their best season and to the Memorial Cup in 2008-09. Last season with the Bulldogs, Boucher won the coach of the year and took Hamilton to 115 points, their highest in franchise history. Unlike with the Dogs last year where a lot of talented players were playing in Montreal, the Tampa Bay Lightning have three of the best in the game in Stamkos, Lecavalier and St. Louis.

Now on a personal note, he looks like  a bad guy from an older action movie. I don’t if it’s the scar on his face or just his face in general; but I can’t think of it and it’s driving me nuts. $1000 to whoever names it.

NHL Coach Landscape

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by davepoleck

After a two year period where all hell has broken loose on the NHL coaching landscape, it looks as if a lot of teams are going to be sticking with their current bench boss for at least a few years.

Of the 30 NHL head coaches, 23 of them are new as of 2008! Paul Maurice, Peter DeBoer and Scott Gordon were all hired in 2008 and could be in for long seasons with their teams, but they were brought in for the rebuild and I can’t see teams letting them go when they’re right in the middle of it. Maurice might not make it to the end with the Canes, but that will be to take a head office job with the team and give the reigns to Ron Francis.

Of the longer tenured coaches, Lindy Ruff (1997) and Barry Trotz (1998) are pretty much untouchable until either team takes a big drop in the standings. But both Buffalo and Nashville are in good shape going into 2010-11 and should at least compete for a playoff spot, maybe even their division. I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a small market and have the GM backing you. Four of the mid-range guys, Babcock (2005), Boudreau (2007), Vigneault (2006) and Julien (2007) are all pretty damn safe as well.

This brings me down to three candidates that I think can be fired this year: Continue reading