Tag:Coaching Carousel
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:03 am
 

Daily Skate: EA simulation picks Pens to win Cup

By Brian Stubits

Today is a very special edition of the Daily Skate. We don't have to tell you why, but we will anyway: the season begins tonight! There are three games on tap, including the champion Bruins opening vs. the Flyers Canadiens-Maple Leafs and Penguins-Canucks. Scoreboard

SIMULATION SEASON: Two seasons ago, EA Sports' simulation using their hockey video game picked the Blackhawks to win the Cup and they did. Last season it predicted the Canucks would win the Presidents' Trophy and the Finals would be Vancouver vs. Boston. It was. This season? The Penguins are their champ. Feeling good Pittsburgh? (EA.com)

OPTIMISTIC START: The negotiations are still a few months away, but if you're like me, you're really starting to fear losing another season to labor strife. But new NHLPA boss Donald Fehr isn't. He's optimistic as the season gets under way that they can get a deal done. There will be plenty of time to negotiate, likely beginning around the All-Star break. (Winnipeg Free Press)

THE HEAT WILL BE ON: The over/under (more on that later today) for the number of coaches to be fired mid-season is 1.5 from bodog. The first could be Ron Wilson of the Maple Leafs. He begins the season squarely on the hot seat as expectations are as high as they have been in a while in Toronto. (Toronto Star)

HE COULD BE BACK: That was supposed to be in a Schwarzenegger voice. Anyway, "he" is Sean Avery, the recently waived Rangers forward who many assumed played his last game not only for the Blueshirts, but in the NHL as no team claimed him. Not so fast. GM Glen Sather says if Avery has earned it, no doubt he could be recalled from the AHL, where he was relocated on Wednesday. (New York Post)

PEACE AND QUIET: It's assumed that most players would prefer to play for a rabid fan base in a hockey-crazy city. Considering that qualifies for each of the seven Canadian markets and a majority of players are Canadian, it seems to be a perfect fit. But former Senators star Mike Fisher is enjoying life outside the spotlight with the Predators in Nashville. (Senators Extra)

SKINNER FEVER PART II: Jeff Skinner was a breakout star for the Hurricanes last season, winning the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. He was also a local star, especially among the swooning young girls of Raleigh. He talks about the craziness he went through last year, expectations for the coming season and much more. (Puck Daddy)

UNDERDOGS, EH?: First-year Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulatzan doesn't mind one bit that his team is considered an underdog. With players like Jamie Benn, Mike Ribiero, Brenden Morrow and Loui Eriksson, I can see why he wouldn't mind being below the radar. Oh, and his Canadian accent is pretty thick (just sayin').

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Devils hire former Panthers coach DeBoer as coach

By Brian Stubits

The New Jersey Devils have hired Peter DeBoer to be their new head coach. The team made the annoucement at a news conference on Tuesday.

It's been a long time coming in Jersey for the announcement as their search for a new coach began 14 weeks ago after Jacques Lemaire retired. He was the interim coach after John MacLean was fired after less than a season on the bench. Now it has a resolution.

"I'm very excited about the job, the opportunity, a chance to work in an organization with a reputation of winning and winning Stanley Cups," DeBoer said.

In the end DeBoer is Lou Lamoriello's choice after a plethora of names ranging from Michael Therrien to two-time Devils coach Larry Robinson and former player Adam Oates were in the discussion.

"Technically he's as sound as anyone out there," Lamoriello said.

DeBoer was fired at the end of last season by Florida after three seasons in which he failed to do what no other coach could do in Florida over the past decade, reach the playoffs. He reportedly turned down assistant positions with the Flames and Red Wings since being let go by the Panthers, apparently keen on getting another head spot despite his dismissal.

"While I'm not proud of the actual record," DeBoer said, "I'm proud of the way we played. I can tell you I'm a much better coach having gone through the learning experience down there [Florida]."

Before being hired by the Panthers, DeBoer was a very successful coach in the Ontario Hockey League, leading the Kitchener Rangers to the Memorial Cup in 2003.

He takes over a team that was handicapped by cap contraints last year and sagged to the worst record in the NHL before eventually recovering some under interim coach Jacques Lemaire. But don't expect him to bring much in a new philosophy or anything to New Jersey than what they have become accustomed to in the Lamoriello era.

“I think we [DeBoer and Lamoriello] have the same philosophies, which is that teams play the right way," DeBoer said. "My plan here is I want to keep the defensive structure that has made this organization so successful and also create some more offense."

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Devils still without a coach: what's the holdup?

By Brian Stubits

What the devil is going on in New Jersey?

Here we are, more than three months after their season finished and the New Jersey Devils still haven't named a coach? General Manager Lou Lamoriello says a decision is coming. Some time soon, even.

"We will have a coach in the very near future, but not this week," Lamoriello said earlier this week.

Feels like that has been the standard response for a few weeks now. He is starting to sound like Chicago Cubs fans: Wait till next year.

The more time that passes, the more questions that are raised: Why is nobody taking what was not long ago a very good job? Why are the Devils going through coaches like kids through Halloween candy? Is Lamoriello tough to work under? Is there a dearth of desirable candidates? Is Lamoriello just being lazy? How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop? (That's the only one I really know the answer to -- three.)

The list of names that have popped into the search at one point or another seems to be longer than Martin Brodeur's career. There have been retreads (two-time Devils coach Larry Robinson), coaching vets (Craig MacTavish, Ken Hitchcock), college coaches (Wisconsin's Mike Eaves) and everybody in between (hello, Guy Carbonneau and Michael Therrien). But naturally these names are just on a speculative list.

"I'm not going to get into discussions with reference to the coaching staff or anything of that nature," Lamoriello said. "There's [no coach] that has been named, so you can interpret it any way you want."

Then there's the ultimate retread: Jacques Lemaire. He has had three stints coaching the Devils, including the Stanley Cup champions in 1994-95 and last year's underachieving team that he made very competitive in his interim stretch.

Apparently his is one name you can safely cross off the list.

“I’m waiting for Lou to make his decision,” Lemaire told Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “I’m excited like the fans, I guess, to find out who it’s going to be. It’s not going to be me."

That has to be a bummer for Devils fans. Lemaire seems like he'd be a good stopgap for another season as he brought out the best in what was an awful Devils team. But it is probably for the good to move on to a new era. Preferably a long-term stay in Jersey, considering the Devils have had 12 coaches since Lemaire first left after the 1997-98 season (counting each visit for Robinson, Lemaire and Lamoriello's own stints separately).

So maybe it's worth it to take your sweet time to hire the right coach. It's just hard for me to imagine it takes this long to find said coach. All the other vacancies in the NHL have been filled and it's been that way for a while.

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 9:26 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Ramsay, MacTavish out of Winnipeg coach search?

You can officially call the Winnipeg coaching position open.

On Monday, the yet-to-be-named Winnipeg team informed now ex-Thrashers coach Craig Ramsey as well as Craig MacTavish, thought my many to be the favorite for the job, that they have been eliminated from the coaching search, according to Darren Dreger of TSN. That leaves Mike Haviland and Claude Noel as the two finalists.

Ramsay had been in a bit of a limbo since the team relocated north of the border as he was never told he would be retained in his position, but instead would be given an opportunity to interview with the job like the rest of the candidates. His chances seemed long from that point on. In the end he joins a long list of former employees in Atlanta that were not brought back with the organization.

Ramsay's track record as a head coach is certainly an odd one. He coached his former team Buffalo for 21 games at the end of 1987, was fired after 28 games in Philly in 2000-2001 then was let go after one full season by the Thrashers/Winnipeg.

MacTavish has been out of hockey since he was let go by the Oilers after the 2008-09 season. He coached in Edmonton for eight seasons that included a loss in the Stanley Cup Finals to Carolina in 2005-06. Since then he has served as an analyst for TSN in Canada. As a player, he's remembered as the last to play without a helmet.

Haviland is one of the hotter names on the coaching market, currently serving as an assistant under Joel Quenneville in Chicago. As a head man for the Norfolk Admirals, he earned AHL Coach of the Year honors. Don't forget former Blackhawks executive VP Kevin Cheveldayoff was recently hired as GM of the organization, so there's a connection in the works.

As for Noel, his only head coaching experience in the NHL was 24 games with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10. After that he took over for the Manitoba Moose, who are now being replaced more or less by the new NHL team in Winnipeg, so the owners are more than familiar with Noel's work.

-- Brian Stubits

Category: NHL
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Reports: Sens to hire MacLean, Stars eye Gulutzan

It appears that one, maybe two of the remaining coaching vacancies are all but finished business.

Bob McKenzie of TSN reported Monday that the Ottawa Senators are expected to announce the hiring of Paul MacLean as their new head coach on Tuesday. McKenzie also reported the Dallas Stars seem to have found their man in Glen Gulutzan as the passed-over candidates have been informed it won't be them.

MacLean is currently an assistant coach under Mike Babcock in Detroit, where he played one of his 11 seasons in the NHL. MacLean also coached under Babcock in Anaheim. MacLean spent the majority of his 11 seasons as a player with the Winnipeg Jets, amassing a total of 324 goals in his career. In Ottawa he would take over a team that finished 32-40-10 last season under Cory Clouston.

Gulutzan never spent time in the NHL as a player or a coach. He spent six seasons coaching the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers before moving to the Texas Stars of the AHL for the last years as coach, reaching the Calder Cup in 2009-10. As a player, the native Manitoban spent time in the WHL, IHL, Finland and the now defunct WCHL. In Dallas he would replace Marc Crawford, who failed to get Dallas to the playoffs in his two seasons on the bench.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Report: Dineen in as Panthers coach

Former NHL forward Kevin Dineen, who has spent the last five season coaching the AHL’s Portland Pirates, has reportedly been hired to fill the Florida Panthers' vacant head coach position.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Tuesday afternoon that Dineen will replace Pete DeBoer, who was let go at the end of the regular season. The Sun-Sentinel reported that a news conference will be held at the BankAtlantic Center on Wednesday.

Dineen played 19 seasons in the NHL with four different organizations. His best season came in 1988-89 with the Whalers when he scored 45 goals and had 44 assists for Hartford.

The Panthers are entering what is sure to be a busy few weeks that began with re-signing Jack Skille earlier this week.

-- A.J. Perez

 
 
 
 
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