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08-19-2012, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Which is more than Bun Cook, Bill Dineen and Bobby Kromm.
Three coaches with extensive success in other leagues.

You've been around long enough to know there is a big difference between the Original 6 era AHL / WHA and the modern farm system AHL. As coach of the Cleveland Barons (an independent AHL team that seems to have had a budget similar to the weaker NHL teams in the Original 6), Bun Cook had the 7th most prestigious coaching job in North Amerca for a very long time. And considering how poorly the Rangers and Blackhawks were managed during this time frame, there's a very good chance that coaching the Barons was considered more desirable

I know Guy Boucher was very good in a very short career in the modern (farm league) AHL. What did Ruel accomplish in the minors?

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