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Wishful Thinking: Your ideal coach situation next season

View Poll Results: Ideally, who would be the best fit as Bruins Head Coach in 2007-2008?
Stay with Dave Lewis - he needs another shot. 9 12.16%
Bring back Pat Burns - he's proven that he can succeed 10 13.51%
Give Scott Gordon a try - experience is overrated 31 41.89%
Marc Habscheid deserves to call up to head coach 5 6.76%
Wayne Cashman - he's got experience as an assistant coach 7 9.46%
A young retired Bruin to instill a sense of pride back into the organization (Neely?) 10 13.51%
Mike Sullivan wasn't so bad... 2 2.70%
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03-21-2007, 01:10 PM
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Wishful Thinking: Your ideal coach situation next season

This is not another Bash Lewis thread, I'm just curious who everyone would like to see behind the bench next season.

(Mods, I apologize if this has already been brought up, but I don't recall seeing it. Feel free to close if I'm wrong.)

With the season winding down and the B's all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, it's definitely time to start thinking about next year. I think it's fair to say that Lewis does not have many supporters around these parts, but it's not clear exactly who could fill his shoes.

Pat Burns has had his name floated around, and so has Scott Gordon, but what do people think about who can fill the role as head coach next year? Why?

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A group of coach who can include O'reilly, Dineen and Bourque.

A new goalie coach too. 2 years ago we though Raycroft and Toivonen can be a great duo for the next 10Y and Now one is already gone and the second is near !
Reggie Lemelin can be a good choice.

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Scott Gordon deserves the job.

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Scott Gordon deserves the job.

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I'm not sure if he'd be my choice but what is Kevin Constantine doing now? I always thought that his teams played tough, but disciplined and were good defensively - then again I'm only going from memory on this one.

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Craig McTavish.
He will more than likely be the fall-guy for not making the playoffs this year due to losing some key players that they had during last years playoff run, Peca, Samsonov, Pronger and now at present they have 10 regulars out due to injuries, they fell off the playoff radar.

Hes played in Boston, he coaches well with at times limited resources, he has passion for the game and thankfully loses it on the bench at the refs instead of falling asleep behind a moustache.

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Craig McTavish.
He will more than likely be the fall-guy for not making the playoffs this year due to losing some key players that they had during last years playoff run, Peca, Samsonov, Pronger and now at present they have 10 regulars out due to injuries, they fell off the playoff radar.

Hes played in Boston, he coaches well with at times limited resources, he has passion for the game and thankfully loses it on the bench at the refs instead of falling asleep behind a moustache.
MAC has a little baggage here though wouldn't you say

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20 year old baggage.

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idk why but i want Tortella to be our coach

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Sad part is is how the Bruins gave up so quickly on some really good coaches. First and foremost, Pat Burns. Second, Brian Sutter.

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If we're just talking about next year, like we're loading up to win it all in the next 3 years, I'd say Burns.

BUT...rebuilding is a process and we should be patient and give Gordon a chance. We got ****ed by this before...choosing Ftorek because he was a winner and could get that group of Thornton/Guerin/Samsonov to the top in a short window...that didn't work, and the guy we didn't have the patience to keep around just drank out of the Stanley Cup.

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I'd be down with Dineen or maybe giving someone like Constantine a chance..
New Goalie coach would be great as well and liked the Lemelin suggestion

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I'd probably take anyone over DL but I'm fully expecting him to be back for atleast 1 more year. I wasn't a big fan of his hiring in the summer and I would have liked to have seen what Sully could have done with this roster.

I realise that it's hard to turn a bottom-5 team in the league into a playoff team in only one season but when you bring in guys like Savard and Chara you don't have much of an excuse. It looks like this team will be only marginally better than last year and that's not good enough. If not for a couple great 10-game spans this team is as bad if not worse than last years team. I can't honestly believe that it took DL 70 games into the season to realise that losing 6-1, 7-0, 10-2 is unacceptable.

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Hire Mario Tremblay or Guy Carbonneau All ex Habs coaches are doing pretty well

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Dual vote for Scott Gordon and Mike Sullivan.


But if I could have the option of any coach, I'd want John Tortorella.

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Anyone really. I really wouldnt mind if Lewis wasnt fired.

Of the choices, someone already in the orginization like Neely or O'Reilly

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Scott Gordon/Pat Burns/Sully wasn't bad/Neely (Bruin)

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I luv Cam too much to see him get blasted if it didn't go well. Saw Terry being interviewed the other night and thought he looked great, he'd be my choice. As for a goalie coach,the way Reggie was run out of town, probably wouldn't be interested. Boy, Him and Moog were great together..... I'd say call Billy Smith, we'd at least have someone with some backbone.......

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My thoughts on the whole issue is that the Bruins organization needs some stability. You can't continually change the head coach and expect to create that stability. Although I am not a Dave Lewis fan, and never really have been dating back to his days in Detroit, but I think Lewis should get at least a part of next season to prove his worth.

Although his treatment of young players so far this season has been borderline atrocious, I personally think that giving him part of next season will allow the players to start the season in the same system they left off the season before, and if it doesn't work 40 games into next season get rid of him, take your pick of the available AHL coaches or the inevitable number of coaching casualties from the first half of next season.

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Do people really think a guy with zero coaching experience at any level would be better at then someone with 15 years of experience behind the bench of an NHL team? Why would someone like Neely take this job? He knows full well what it would mean. He would go from hero to zero faster then you can log in if the team failed. Look at Steve Kasper.

The reality is. Lewis is the sixth coach is seven years. If he's canned any time soon. The Bruins will never get anyone worth anything to coach this team.

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Do people really think a guy with zero coaching experience at any level would be better at then someone with 15 years of experience behind the bench of an NHL team? Why would someone like Neely take this job? He knows full well what it would mean. He would go from hero to zero faster then you can log in if the team failed. Look at Steve Kasper.

The reality is. Lewis is the sixth coach is seven years. If he's canned any time soon. The Bruins will never get anyone worth anything to coach this team.
Hmmmm, this process already start last summer when Lewis was hired

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I would also love someone from within the organization to take over being coach. They know what the fans want, physical play. If we our down by a zillion goals he would send out Chara to kick some ass... they would know to hit hard, never stop hustling, and set good examples. Lewis seems to have no backbone. When someone makes a bad play, I hardly ever see them get benched, unless it's a rookie. We need a guy who is going to make people accountable for their actions, not just take it out on the young guys on the team who sometimes are the only ones giving it their all.

I don't know who it could be who is already with the team but it doesn't have to be a big name guy like Neely, in fact I'd rather it not be him or Bourque or any other idols. It could simply be someone who has been around long enough to know the ropes and who has enough of a backbone to tell these millionaire athletes they are benched when they aren't hustling.

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