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Coaching Turnarounds (quick question)

Has any coach ever coached a full season last-place team, and then won a stanley cup with that same team afterwards? Doesn't have to be the following year, but the same run with the franchise.

Has any coach ever coached a full season last-place team, and then won a cup as HC?

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ROSS, Arthur Howie
BOS
1924-25 - Last
1938-39 - Cup


SINDEN, Harold James
BOS
1966-67 - Last
1969-70 - Cup

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Only two and both in Boston. They have patience with their coaches

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ROSS, Arthur Howie
BOS
1924-25 - Last
1938-39 - Cup


SINDEN, Harold James
BOS
1966-67 - Last
1969-70 - Cup
pnep, as usual, has the answer.

There are too many years between last place finish and Cup win in the first instance to tell us anything at all.

As for the second instance, it was primarily about the coming of Orr and, secondarily, the trade that brought Esposito to the Bruins from the Hawks. I doubt it had anything to do with who the coach was. Living in the Boston area as a law student from 1965 to 1968, I saw the beginning of the transformation. It was spectacular, from hopelessness to championship-quality in a couple of seasons.

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ROSS, Arthur Howie
BOS
1924-25 - Last
1938-39 - Cup


SINDEN, Harold James
BOS
1966-67 - Last
1969-70 - Cup
Wow. I guess the Boston one proves that a last place coach can have the ability to win a cup. Still, it confirms that if you finish last the odds are your coach isn't going to win a cup for you. (Or maybe that's a self-fulling prophecy now, since if your coach finished last you're going to fire him and not give him a chance anyways)

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