I would have went along with lever he deserved his chance. but at this point i want a complete divorce from the lindy ruff system.and i'm afraid levers time with ruff probabley corrupted his coaching ability.
as for mister XXXXX there's no way he comes back if reghiere is still here.the question then becomes how close is niel smith to becoming gm and would he hire mister xxxxx.
my choice although i don't think he'd come back either is john van boxmeer. his teams were always successfull and stylistically balanced.
I'm afraid Lever was corrupted by his time under Nolan.
And why hasn't Paul Theriault coached in the NHL since Buffalo?
Work involves getting shots on goal and preventing shots on goal. Their version of work, that which was sold to the public and you seemed to have swallowed as rote, involved gloves to the face and more fighting (when the mood struck them). They were aggressive. But they were never that hard working when it came right down to the game. As a marketing scheme, it was brilliant.
Yes. Thank you. Nobody seems to remember how the floating Ottawa Sens of 1996-7 outworked us in the playoffs that year.
Shots against Buffalo:
Muckler average: 2,267
Muckler's average does not include his first partial year, and strike year and 84 game seasons are pro-rated to 82 games.
Note the Defensive Style Ruff Plays.
Note the Players Ruff has.......More Offensive minded players than Defensive. When Offensive players concentrate on Defense their Offense goes down.
Plus another Case, Team's now score on us more and put us away early going into a defensive style and they just sit back and just protect the lead.
Shots against indicate several things. Muckler's 1992-3 wasn't known for defense either. Nolan simply didn't have a plan of attack to reduce shots on goal. Scrambling around because you are out of position doesn't make you hard working.
I couldn't agree more with Chainshot: The Hardest Working Team in Hockey was nothing more than a marketing slogan.
Why does Ruff have do be more critical in the press of anything? The best coaches remind a team how good they are when things are going crappy in order to not destroy their confidence, and likely to rip a team a new one, so they don't get overconfident. What Ruff says in the press is largely irrelevant to what he says in the lockerroom.