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08-29-2010, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Garbage Goal View Post
Is there some kind of coaching position where he just teaches forwards to play well defensively?

I thought the comment below was interesting. First-hand experience is an essential element and shouldn't be overlooked but aspects of the scouting position interact with coaching.

And, I offer "Niitty being Niitty" as my own measure of sarcasm.

Many fired NHL coaches have honored their contracts by scouting until another job offer arises, including Hitchcock, who scouted for three weeks with Philadelphia after the Flyers fired him early in the 2006-07 season.

"I enjoyed aspects of it, but it was an unbelievable eye-opener for me on how difficult a scout's life is," Hitchcock said. "I made the comment after only three weeks that every scout should get a raise, just based on the travel alone."

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