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Head Coach Vacancy Pt III: How's your spelling? (Eakins/Vigneault/Messier/Gretzky)
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05-31-2013, 12:28 PM
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What has rarely come up that I think is a huge concern is how little Sather seems to know about his team. If, by all reports, he was prepared to bring back Torts and it took the player exit interviews to get a real grasp on the feelings in the lockerroom. Shouldn't the GM have a better idea of what's going on with his team>
This idea is speculation by Larry Brooks. Sather was very nondescript in his press conference and spoke in generalities. He never stated that he wasn't planing on firing Tortorella, just that Tortorella took it as a surprise. He said the decision was made after a year end evaluation with staff.
Darren Dreger mentioned that someone within the organization told him in February that Tortorella lost the room and that several on the team knew he wouldn't be back. The timing of the firing doesn't indicate to me that Sather had no idea what was going. It might have well been that Sather was going to give him another season (or at best half) to prove himself
I'm hoping we find out more of what happend in the past months...
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