In addition to the style of hockey - I just really appreciate that he's honest and forthcoming in every interview. Too many NHL coaches (and players) just throw out the same well worn tropes. So far I find PM's answers to be thoughtful and exactly the kind of information I want to hear.
"He's a guy you want to play for. It's been fun around here. He expects you to work hard and if you work hard he's happy with you. He can live with the outcome, as long as you're working hard." -- Sens forward Chris Neil on new coach Paul MacLean
Paul MacLean is a fair and honest coach. I can understand why a vet like Neil would like him because he rewards hard work. During games he recognizes the players that are going that night and uses them in key situations. Neil was causing havoc in front of the net when Regin scored the only Sens goal so who did MacLean put on the ice at the end of the game for the extra attacker? Neil! Would anyone else have done that?
btw) Kudos to Foligno for giving the puck to Regin who was in better position for the shot.
Forget that crappy AVS game, take away a few borderline penalties, some bad bounces and goals being waived off and this team is playing no worse than 500 in spite of our D and goalie playing sub par except against Wash.
I like him a lot, and I really believe he is going to be a good coach for our rebuilding team.
The one thing that concerned me a bit yesterday though was the ice-time for Alfie. I know he wants to win, but he will have to be very careful to balance the need for Alfie on the ice, and not burning him out. It is a long season, and Alfie is, unfortunately, not that young any more. I think PM is smart enough to realize the need to keep him fresh. It may even be necessary to give some of the veterans some games off later in the year.
Overall, I think we are lucky to have PM. We have had our share of duds for head coach, but I think Murray got it right this time.