You can have an identity without having a coach hired, but you sure as heck better have a definite list of final candidates that you know are going to carry it out. I really wouldn't understand waiting *that* long to make the hire.
@TSNBobMcKenzie: WSH GM George McPhee may wait as late as July or August to find his replacement for departed head coach Dale Hunter. He's in no hurry.
I seriously, seriously doubt this is true. I'm sure that's what McPhee said to Mackenzie, but it's utterly illogical. I could certainly see him waiting a month or more, but they'll have a coach by July 1.
I really don't see any reasoning for that long of a wait. I'd get waiting until the playoffs are over. But even then, it's moronic to not at least do all your leg work, background checks, etc. It's not like any new candidates are going to emerge over the summer.
Has to be Varly and Holtby real close behind him. Holtby had a lot of issues that were masked because we blocked and swept away everything in sight.
I tend to agree its close. Varly had to deal with horrible depth, overworked injured stars getting max TOI, and a cross check to the head. Holtby had to deal with minimal goal support from a team stuck in transition to a team based defense first game.
Originally Posted by tycoonheart
Varly didn't have anywhere near the support Holtby had this year or the support Noovy had last year.
He straight up stole games for us against the Rags and the Pens a few years ago.
Varly's support was, Ovi go outscore Sid k thanks. While he does have the meltdown on his resume, I think all Caps fans saw him starting to break down in games 5 and 6 and I contend he should have been replaced with our number 1 all year, Theo. He was left out to dry after saving our bacon.
Is human the Canadian word for "no NHL coaching experience"?
Anyway...some of the candidates that have been mentioned here seem pretty horrible. If McLellan or Laviolette is fired, or Tippet is loosed by a moving franchise, those are obviously far and away the top candidates. I guess McLellan is the only one of those remotely likely to become available. Aside from that, approaching the issue with limited knowledge, Maurice and Eakins would probably be my top choices. Hartley and Sutter seem like interesting possibilities...and I guess MacTavish. The interest in him always seems to be primarily based on people thinking he's cool. Did you guys know he was the last NHL player to play without a helmet?
I think Mike Haviland's name was mentioned by one person in the whole thread. He shouldn't be discounted, in my opinion. His firing in Chicago, from everything I've read about it, should not influence people against him. Anyway, as people have said, that absolute most important, ****ing utterly crucial thing is that they actually have a hiring process. Make it a big ****ing deal and actually approach the whole thing methodically and analytically. My faith in McPhee to do this is extremely limited right now. He may not have enough time for it anyway, with spending the next couple of months trying to figure out how they beat Boston.
I tend to agree its close. Varly had to deal with horrible depth, overworked injured stars getting max TOI, and a cross check to the head. Holtby had to deal with a team stuck in transition to a team based game.
That turd Kunitz got Varley in the neck, not the head.
George implying he wants to wait tells me he has already decided on the style we will play next year. Regardless of the coach. Common sense would tell me that he should know what style we will play before delving into FA this summer.
That tells me he will dictate the style we will bring. Semin out, Kuz out - I know what I am preparing for.... perhaps only Ted seeing renewals down can force him to go offensive.