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08-19-2012, 05:15 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?
That's not true. It depends entirely on the team of coaches. A great head coach is going to undertand is strengths and weaknesses, and he's going to bring in assistsants who are going to be able to fill the gaps.

That's why I was never a big fan of Pat Quinn. He was always a great player's coach, but never a good systems guy. There's nothing wrong with that - I'd probably rank myself with similar strengths and weaknesses as a coach. The problem is that he never brought in the help he required.

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