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08-22-2009, 06:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post
As for NHL head coaches go I don't think Ruff has ever been fired?

Columbus is Hitchcocks last stand-if he fails to win more than a first round sweep in the coming years his career will be over.
No it won't. People in the NHL have a very clear understanding of how undermanned his teams in Columbus have been. They recognize that 80 points with that team before last year was amazing, and that getting into the playoffs with the 4th youngest team, Malhotra as a center and no puck moving d man was exceptional. He was able to squeeze everything he could from each and every player who had anything left to give.

Plus, since pretty much the day he arrived the team has turned around 180 degrees and they are playing in an organized manner, hard to play against, and are becoming a legitimate NHL team for the first time in it's existence.

Regardless of outcome, he will have no problem getting another job. There are coaches continually getting hired who have done far less than he has. There is a reason he is about to become a 3 time Olympian.

His career is etched far deeper than what he has done with the jackets...the fact that you can't recognize that is well...telling.

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