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03-28-2012, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Chili View Post
In the summer of 1997, two NHL teams hired new coaches named Lindy Ruff and Alain Vigneault. Both have had considerable success since then. One even still has the same job. The other organization has hired good coaches but keeps firing them mid season with little or no results afterward.

Very interesting this season that Lindy Ruff's team underachieved big time but his organization again did not panic and left him in place and are now being rewarded for that patience. The other organization fired a coach who had never been fired mid season before, had made the playoffs in twelve of his fifteen full seasons coaching in the NHL and in both full seasons of his current gig.

Also interesting that the two coaches in the finals last year were also fired by this same organization.

At what point does it become apparent that coaching is not the issue with this organization and perhaps the problem lies elsewhere?

Some food for thought: The Detroit Red Wings, arguably the most sucessful NHL franchise of the last 25 years, have not fired a coach in season since 1985-86.
To be fair, Julien couldn't even last a full season on his second team, and Vigneaut went nearly 10 years between NHL jobs. That said I always thought the AV firing was stupid.

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