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06-27-2011, 04:08 PM
Seth Lake
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I think it's really a strong statement of the strength of the Predators and Admirals organizations that Muller reached out and called Poile himself to start the interview process for the head coaching position.

While I know some will damn Poile for not reaching out to Muller, the guy was in the interview process for 4 NHL head coaching opportunities at the time he called Poile to express interest. They were already interviewing other candidates and Muller thought highly enough of the position that despite being in the running for NHL opportunities he reached out to the Preds to make sure he didn't miss out on this chance.

Trotz mentioned earlier this summer that as soon as the season ended and it was known that Brent Peterson would be moving into another role that he was being bombarded by phone calls from all over the hockey world expressing interest in the open assistant coaching position, but that he knew that Lane Lambert was the guy he wanted for the position. Now we learn that the Preds had fielded an equally impressive number of interview requests for the Admirals position and of all things had one of the top NHL head coaching candidates call them to request and eventually accept the top developmental coaching spot in the organization.

This is a MAJOR hire for the Preds and IMO a strong statement to the level of respect within the hockey community (read: actual hockey personnel, not the hockey media) they get.

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