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06-04-2004, 01:01 PM
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The job description of a coach is to win. With whatever personnel is around. As such you can't dismiss the work of Lemaire just because he coaches a boring style. It works. He wins. With a low payroll. It's up to other coaches to figure out systems better than his. Ditto for Hitchcock or any other defense-first style coach.

But judging by his recent success and the fact that his team is no more expensive than the aforementioned Wild I would say that Darryl Sutter is the best coach in the NHL right now.

The worst? His brother Brian is doing a fine job embarrassing Chicago. Granato seems a touch overwhelmed in Colorado. Until they stepped down last season both Glen Sather and Doug Maclean were pretty awful behind the bench. My pick? Dave Tippett in Dallas. Struggled with line combinations all season long, even when the team was healthy, and was outcoached by Granato in round 1. 'Nuff said.

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