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05-14-2012, 11:28 AM
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Well, this organization is as much a joke as ever. Fire McPhee, Ted, you coward. Start now while there's month ahead to work **** out. (Yes, I know he won't, but he should.)

EDIT: And to be clear, I'm not so much upset that Dale's leaving... have not been a big fan of his coaching. It's GMGM's comments this morning... "he taught them how to win..." No. He. Didn't. They lost. In Game 7. Again. They didn't get past round 2. Again. He taught them to play defense, which is very important, but that's all that's different. Even the resilience argument is sort of weak to me. They never once came back to win in the playoffs after giving up the first goal, and lord knows, getting to game 7s is what they've almost always done (Tampa series excepted.)


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05-14-2012, 11:29 AM
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Never once said I was surprised. In fact, I predicted this before the playoffs started. Hunter never seemed comfortable early on, but he seemed to adjust.

Fact is he's the heart and soul of the franchise (historically) and he just turned his back and walked away from a mess. I can't say I blame him.
Is it a mess? Based on what?

And I wouldn't say he is turning his back on anything. He tried being a HC in the NHL and it didn't suit him. He is heading back to his comfort zone. I wish him good luck.

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Well, this organization is as much a joke as ever. Fire McPhee, Ted, you coward. Start now while there's months to ahead to work **** out. (Yes, I know he won't, but he should.)



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I thought goalies don't make good HC's? Thought I heard that somewhere. Anyway, would definetly fit GMGM's habit of hiring HC"s with no previous HC experience in the NHL.
Kolzig is my favorite player of all-time. So, I was just having wishful thinking...and trends analysis. lol.

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05-14-2012, 11:30 AM
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I would be interested to see a short list of experienced NHL guys who are credible candidates. There are VERY few names that come to mind that are anything other than depressing.

Ron Wilson (lulz)
Mike Keenan (lulz)
Bob Hartley (uggg)
Michele Therrien (oh dear god)
Craig Mactavish (no track record)
Guy Carbonneau (feels weak...)
Marc Crawford ("Plan C"-type hire)
Andy Murray ("Plan D"-type hire)

It's an ugly group, folks.
Seriously the candidates suck. Haivland and Eakins are "hot" candidates and you could always ride the bandwagon and take a Detroit assistant.

Watch its Mark French.

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Another mystery ahead.

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05-14-2012, 11:31 AM
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Hahaaaaa time for Ron Wilson

also Eakins is pretty much out. He said he would do anything for Burke and loves being in the organization with him. It SOUNDS like he is willing to wait for his shot with the Leafs and willing to re-sign.

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Play the waiting game and hope the Sharks fire McLellan?

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No reaction until I see who they bring in. I have to believe this was more of an Ovie v. Dale decision as to who to keep, even if they were best buddies, and Dale was never gonna win that.

Hopefully the lesson is to find a coach who plays to the roster's strengths.

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Johnson is not ready to be the head coach, but what I've seen from him certainly makes me hope he sticks around, although I hope (and expect) that he'd be open to coaching different defensive systems.

Anyway, Mark French, I can't wait.

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05-14-2012, 11:33 AM
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I think Dale like Bruce tried to do it George's way. Dale was not a trapper. Farmer? Sure. Trapper, that was not him. I am convinced of it now.

I always thought it said something that Dale only had one suit, still just 1 even in the playoffs. Even BB got out to a tailor and expanded his wardrobe. One suit, one season.

Bring on the search for another inexperienced coach that is willing to run the trap, no experienced needed. Seriously.

I sure hope its not Evason. Give me Johnson any day over him.

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05-14-2012, 11:33 AM
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I would be interested to see a short list of experienced NHL guys who are credible candidates. There are VERY few names that come to mind that are anything other than depressing.

Ron Wilson (lulz)
Mike Keenan (lulz)
Bob Hartley (uggg)
Michele Therrien (oh dear god)
Craig Mactavish (no track record)
Guy Carbonneau (feels weak...)
Marc Crawford ("Plan C"-type hire)
Andy Murray ("Plan D"-type hire)

It's an ugly group, folks.
Is there no chance any more current HC's will get the boot? Trotz safe right?

I have read somewhere that the Devils players are really happy with the coaches they have. What about Adam Oates as HC of the Caps?

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It's an ugly group, folks.
Of the 'names,' pretty much yes. Crawford would be horrible.

Paul Maurice is another experienced option. There are a lot of hires just in the past year that would have been way more appealing than what's out there now barring any more departures.

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Is it a mess? Based on what?

And I wouldn't say he is turning his back on anything. He tried being a HC in the NHL and it didn't suit him. He is heading back to his comfort zone. I wish him good luck.
Jesus Christ have you paid attention to a single post season the last 5 years?


They're a mess. If you need help diagnosing where, I'd suggest sticking to the NFL.

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I would be interested to see a short list of experienced NHL guys who are credible candidates. There are VERY few names that come to mind that are anything other than depressing.

Ron Wilson (lulz)
Mike Keenan (lulz)
Bob Hartley (uggg)
Michele Therrien (oh dear god)
Craig Mactavish (no track record)
Guy Carbonneau (feels weak...)
Marc Crawford ("Plan C"-type hire)
Andy Murray ("Plan D"-type hire)

It's an ugly group, folks.
How does MacTavish has no track record?

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No reaction until I see who they bring in. I have to believe this was more of an Ovie v. Dale decision as to who to keep, even if they were best buddies, and Dale was never gonna win that.

Hopefully the lesson is to find a coach who plays to the roster's strengths.
Agreed, wait and see..........that experienced coaching list is ugly however.

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I would be interested to see a short list of experienced NHL guys who are credible candidates. There are VERY few names that come to mind that are anything other than depressing.

Ron Wilson (lulz)
Mike Keenan (lulz)
Bob Hartley (uggg)
Michele Therrien (oh dear god)
Craig Mactavish (no track record)
Guy Carbonneau (feels weak...)
Marc Crawford ("Plan C"-type hire)
Andy Murray ("Plan D"-type hire)

It's an ugly group, folks.
Mike Milbury was left off.

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The talk that he's abandoning a sinking ship is such bollocks.

You really think Dale is that much of a coward?

I think he either didn't care for the hustle and bustle, so to speak, of an NHL coach's life, legitimately had family/farm reasons to leave, missed the teaching and development aspects of coaching in juniors, or this is a cover for firing a franchise icon.

Or maybe he didn't want to buy another suit...

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Of the 'names,' pretty much yes. Crawford would be horrible.

Hartley would be the best of that bunch I guess. Paul Maurice is another experienced option. There's a lot of hires just in the past year that would have been way more appealing than what's out there now barring any more departures.


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Doesn't matter who we get as coach until we get rid of some of these players

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I would be interested to see a short list of experienced NHL guys who are credible candidates. There are VERY few names that come to mind that are anything other than depressing.

Ron Wilson (lulz)
Mike Keenan (lulz)
Bob Hartley (uggg)
Michele Therrien (oh dear god)
Craig Mactavish (no track record)
Guy Carbonneau (feels weak...)
Marc Crawford ("Plan C"-type hire)
Andy Murray ("Plan D"-type hire)

It's an ugly group, folks.
Jacques Martin?


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Jacques Martin?

Sadly, I think I'd prefer him to most on my list.

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Jesus Christ have you paid attention to a single post season the last 5 years?


They're a mess. If you need help diagnosing where, I'd suggest sticking to the NFL.
The Caps have a core of young players that need to figure out how to win as a team. I would call that frustrating, but far from a mess. Hopefully whoever is hired as the next HC will be able to get **** straight once and for all with this team.

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MacTavish seems to be the best on that list.

Fedorov would be a dream hire. Coaching experience my ass. Sadly he's GMing for SKA I think.

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