Will Burke go behind the bench? It's been done elsewhere. He's a strong leader, and a highly respected individual. With all eggs firmly in the shoddy Mike Smith basket, it may be wise to have Burke right on the playing surface, in Smith's ear after every stoppage in play.
Ah, ok. After reading the article it makes more sense, but still leaves questions. Burke is still the goalie coach but he also holds the title he held when he first joined the Coyotes staff before being named the goalie coach, Director of Player Development.
As for King, he's getting out from being a regular behind the bench and he's going... behind the scenes? Like, work with the Portland players "when his schedule permits." I'm glad King isn't completely leaving, but this sounds like like some sort of ease into retirement for him. Still in the hockey business, but less travel and more of his own boss I guess.
This still makes me think we may need another coach. Or maybe Tipp will keep it small and it will just be him and Playfair who are the real hands-on guys. Less heads, less opinions, less problems, more practice, more development.
Remember the last time we made a guy a "special advisor of yadda-yadda-yadda."? What... John Muckler was it? What the hell was that all about? We read the press release of his hiring and nothing. Is that still goin on?
Very smart moves . I think this is what the young players need .. somone like King to oversee their development . Also it said King will spend time with the Phoenix coaches when his schedule permits . Most of his time would be spent in Portland .It also mentioned some scouting as well .
I don't really consider this a demotion ... But as someone said this might be a way of easing him into retirement . But either way , I think this is awesome for our young players .
Don Maloney might not have much to work with , but I really like what he is doing with what we have , and I think these moves are very positive for the organization .
Perhaps King got tired of the travel. He's no spring chicken.
King will probably still do a fair bit of travelling. I wouldn't be surprised to see him doing some "eye in the sky" work for Tip in Phoenix in addition to spending some time in Portland. Probably a less demanding travel schedule in any event.