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08-19-2012, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyShoe1721 View Post
My vote is for Guy Boucher. Two seasons as an NHL coach, coach of the year in the AHL, one conference finals appearance, and a 4th place finish in Jack Adams voting. I'm not seeing what he contributes at this level as an assistant coach. The assistant coach doesn't dictate the system that the team plays, that's a head coach's job. And I'm pretty sure the entire reason he was drafted was because of the system he utilizes in Tampa. So if he can't implement that system as an assistant coach, what does he offer?
Not always true in terms of the systems statement. IIRC one of the big things that Lou Vairo (it's OK to discuss coaches that have never been selected, right?) did for the 1980 US team, at least according to the book Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind, is basically be the presence on the coaching team that understands the most difficult oppositions tactics (eastern bloc and specifically the Soviets in this case) inside and out and understands how to counter it.

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