I am not disagreeing that Tippet is the better coach but this same core had plenty of motivation problems under him. We choked for years in the playoffs with Tippet as ourcoach and frequently failed to play 60 minute games.
I can't think of an example of a rookie GM ever being allowed to make 3 head coaching hires in such a short time span. If you can, please post it. Gulutzan is going to be here until Nieuwendyk gets let go.
Disagree very strongly on the basic player evaluation of Wandell. He actually has very good puck-handling skills. How many players on this team are capable of bringing the puck into the offensive zone and shooting the puck on goal? You've seen the team get even worse as his presence has been missed. Calling him a below-average 4th liner is ludicrous, especially when there are plenty of other below-average 4th liners that have been employed by the Stars -- you ought to be able to recognize what they look like. Clearly Wandell is not a top-6 forward -- I said he could fill-in with the top-6 and be a better choice than the others Gulutzan has used, primarily Burish. This is a coaching/personnel problem. Wandell should also be used extensively killing penalties. Just another missed opportunity to advance your own players' development thanks to poor internal evaluation.
When I watch other teams play, I don't ever find myself thinking that Wandell would be an upgrade on the fourth line of many or really any teams. He's a warm body. He's nothing special, even in his limited role. He could be replaced next year, and you'd never notice.