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Dave Babych Hired - And Now Glen Hanlon - UPD #84
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12-21-2009, 10:20 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Surrey, BC
All right, you're forcing me to defend a hiring that is largely inconsequential and likely won't have any long-term impact, but here goes.
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And Hanlon flopped in all those positions. When they dumped him in Washington the team finally took off.
Won't get any argument here. He was crap in Washington but paid his dues in the minors - three years as head coach in Portland, won coach of the year in 2000.
He flamed out in Finland as well.
Jokerit made the playoffs last year but Hanlon wasn't kept around. Hardly a 'flame out'. He left for the KHL and recently quit in Minsk.
No way Hanlon gets this gig without having direct connections to the club.
So, are you saying that if you were unemployed - you wouldn't use the resources/friends/connections available to you to find new work?
But even then, there's no evidence that Hanlon has a relationship with anyone currently involved in a 'decision-making' capacity with the club.
It's the team looking after their own. And I guess many would say who cares.
Right. Who cares? This is a part-time gig with no influence on the current club. You're not paying his salary.
The level of outrage doesn't equal whatever responsibilities Hanlon is receiving here.
The trouble here is that the Canucks have done this for years and it has hurt the team. I've felt for a long time that the Canucks should change the culture of cronyism and insist on getting the best person - not the best connected. This team needs new perspectives, not just a recycle of old cronies. That's what Gillis promised, but i don't see it. It is the same old hiring practices the team has always done.
This isn't cronyism. Cronyism would be firing Vigneault and making Hanlon head coach despite his numerous failures in other locations and lack of familiarity with the Canuck team and roster.
Cronyism is keeping incompetent morons like Craig MacTavish head coach two years after they've worn out their welcome, and promoting other incompetent morons like Kevin Lowe from GM to president after years of failure at other positions.
It's pretty simple what this is: giving a guy a part-time scouting gig doing what he does best: evaluate goaltending talent.
He was a good NHL goaltender for a long time, and a solid goaltending coach when he was with the Canucks in the '90s.
As long as he's kept from being behind the bench I don't see what the issue here is.
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