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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

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Hitchcock Fired; New Coach & GM

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 4, 2010 by davepoleck

Woooooooo! Congrats to all Blue Jacket owners who waited out the horrible run with defensive minded Hitchcock as their coach. Now we can finally see this offense fly the way it should. Ken Hitchcock, while not the official GM of the team, had a gigantic stranglehold over this organization. Scott Howson now has the room to actually become the realy GM of the Jackets. I can’t wait to see what they can do with this roster without Hitch’s grip over it. I look for big seasons from Brassard, Voracek and yes, Nikita Filatov next season.

Is This It?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 6, 2010 by davepoleck

Ken Hitchcock’s time in Columbus has got to be nearing an end by now, after losing to the Canucks 7-3. They have only won three games in their last 26!! Going 3-16-7 over that span. This is all coming from a team that was finally assumed to be over the hump after making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. I have actually heard that the team cannot afford to fire Hitchcock, as he still has a few years left on his contract. This would mean they would have to continue to pay his expensive salary, while also giving cash to whoever they might hire.