When the club was looking for a coach to replace Ron Wilson in the grim days when last season transformed itself into a lost season, NHL sources say Nonis went to bat for Dallas Eakins, then and now the coach of the AHL Marlies. Nonis and other front-office executives were of the belief that Eakins is everything a modern-era coach should be; progressive but hard-nosed, communicative with players but never friends with them. Burke, of course, insisted on his old friend Randy Carlyle. And though Carlyle certainly deserves a chance to prove himself in the coming 48-game season, the early returns on his tenure — six wins in 18 games after taking over for Wilson in March — suggest the old-school taskmaster may not be the best fit for one of the NHL’s youngest collections of athletes.
Maybe Carlyle is the domino waiting to drop.
Nonis wants to wait until he has a good enough reason to fire Carlyle... then he'll bring in the Lou and Eakins.
I inadvertently caught most of the game last night.
First, good on Yakupov, this is an incredibly special moment in a teenager's life, I'm all for "let it all out" displays. I wish we had more of that on our squad.
Second, although neither team is all that good, really, the game was *fun* to watch. Frankly, considerably more *fun* than a typical game from our boys. I think there is something to be said for cheering a team that has to "overcome" to win games, to outperform.