A lot of what is posted here, is conjecture. This is not a legal case.
All indications are pointing towards yet another hire with no NHL experience.
While I don't think its THE key to a cup, I do think it would be nice to have a coach in place that has experience utilizing and dealing with all world offensive talents. Motivating the fat cats, players set in their ways, not interested in defense; integrating them into a winning system. All the while meeting expectations from the owner and fans to provide an entertaining product.
The most I expect is a former player that may have been like that, or had teammates like that, and saw how coaches dealt with it.
To me, its not a cup ring. A simple injury could have prevented a fine coach from not getting a cup.
The key to me is having managed NHL stars, without Cassidying.
I agree with you. I'm hoping for a guy with experience at the NHL level too, but I don't think GMGM has deeply rooted objections to the notion of hiring one. Nor do I think that he is such a control freak, or is so egotistical, that he must be more knowledgeable than the coach he hires (as someone proposed).
While I may at times imply its a walk in the park to be an NHL coach since hockey is such a simple game, managing stars cannot be easy at all. They are paid. They have little incentive to bust their humps in the regular season. They own the room, and the fans.
Will they (ok Ovi) give their all and do what you say, or not. If not, then what? I hope George learned he can't just sit back, and let it set the team back for 5 years.
What is best for Ovi. A players coach, friends with the players, a warm and fuzzy time for all? Dale tried the Bowman route - related to Ovi... I think Dale had decent results. Ovi scored his goals in very limited TOI. Put hate and boredom aside, how did Dale do managing Ovi? While I wanted ENG chances and more TOI, he still got decent production from him. And humbled him, taught him D doesn't stand for Drink time! maybe paved the way for the next coach to have it easier. Maybe??
Someone in between is probably best. But then you walk a fine line.
The new coach, it may be more than about experience, resume, all that crap. It's, what is he going to do with Ovi?
my take is that it has to be one of two things as to why the caps hire non nhl veteran coaches. its either leonsis budget allowance won't allow for hiring a successful established coach or mcphee is looking for a coach with a new approach.
cassidy and hanlon were all about budget, i am convinced. boudreau was about his record as he was hired as an actual temp replacement. hunter again was hired as a temp as far as i can tell.
now? is ted skimping on the coaching budget? i would not be surprised. but who knows.
its a certain pattern of preference
I would be incredibly surprised if the coaching search had anything to do with money. In fact, I find the idea ludicrous.
Is there any data available on coaching salaries? I'dbe shocked if the highest paid coach exceeds $3 million. And I'd imagine the lowest paid guys are around $500k. That spread isn't so much as a hill of beans in the annual operating budget of an NHL franchise.