"Every game, every point is a necessity." -- Ty Conklin, January 2007
"I'll have a chance to compete for the post of first issue. This is the most important thing." -- Sergei Bobrovsky, June 2012
Not sure if this was the route you were totally going down, or if you meant something temporary, but I think Hitch's NHL HC career is over.
In someone else's immortal words... Or at least close... "There are always... possibilities.".
There is a trend to go very young in the NHL right now for teams that are in rebuilding mode. I am not the least bit surprised that teams in question are going in to the direction there are. At some point that trend will reverse again. This really isn't a reflection on Hitch to this point. For example, there were a few teams that hugged the line of not meeting expectations and recovered at certain points. Teams that wouldn't go to a rookie coach after a mid-season firing. NJ went to JL, no surprise there.
I fully expect him to be back in the HC ranks, but it might not be in time to save the Jackets any money.
I can't wait to hear the justification by Homer and Snyder.
Only thing I can think of is they plan to make Brad Richards an offer he can't refuse.
"I don't think I'll live long enough to forgive Howson for knocking off my rose colored glasses. He's a horrible, wretched, little stinker of a man. I just hope he wakes up in the morning and can't poop." -CBJCougar (on the Klesla trade), March 23, 2011