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02-22-2013, 07:47 PM
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I think management is and should be more worried about icing a better team - i.e. a full lineup of NHL caliber players - before firing someone they've worked with for a number of years now. I don't think they expected Noel to come in and instantly know what he was doing at the NHL level and not be given a chance to grow in to the role as the team progressed. This isn't a talent-rich team that's in disarray.

IMO you don't determine the firing of a coach by who is available unless of course you were only holding off due to a lack of a decent replacement (pretty much never the case). Nor do I think Ruff is some godly coach who would have done much more than Noel did over the last 1.5 years. If those were true, a few teams would have scrambled and fired their coach by now.

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