He inherited a good team, but they're doing quite well, yes.
Ron Wilson making that group perform is really surprising, probably moreso than any other team. Babcock keeps his team motivated all the time, even though they're overflowing with talent. Lemaire's dedication to the trap shows how stubborn yet successful you can be if you stick to a plan.
McClellan - seems decent, time will tell
Renney - underrated
Ruff - but might have lost his players
Trotz - always keeps them going, even with a low budget
Lavliolette - great coach, but (see Ruff above)
Wilson - huge resume, keeps going
Budreau - so far so good.
I have to tip my hat to Trotz. Nashville has had very, very minimal talent as long as I can remember, but yet they still make the playoffs every year in a tough conference. Lemaire (sp) is also a very good coach, the Wild are kind of like Nashville.
I'm sorry but Carbonneau has no business in this thread. Sure he is ok and many will talk highly of this Jack Adams trophy nominee, but I feel as if he doesn't belong with some others mentioned in this thread.
Word. Nobody else with Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Rafalski, Hossa, Franzen, and Holmstrom could be successful.
Good coach, yes. However, I think those players know the system well enough they could be coached by a toddler and still be significantly above 0.500.
Greatest coach(es)? I think that has to go to someone or some people who make something out of nothing, or proving people wrong.
Wilson is winning games and scoring goals in Toronto with that lineup (unbelievable).
Vignault is top 3rd in the league for goal scoring (tied with Montreal in GFPG) with not a single forward making over 4 mil (and only 3 making more than 2.5mil). For a team many outside of VAN expected to finish 11th to 14th, they're playing well over 0.500 and inspired hockey as of late. They've played stretches where they outscored the opposition with secondary scoring, and they've played stretches where they didn't allow an even strength goal for over 18 periods.
Julien has taken the Boston Bruins to a 10-3-4 record while outscoring opposition 52-39 - they're the best team defensively in the East, and can be mentioned along the best offensive teams too. For all the attention Washington gets with Ovech/Semin scoring, the TEAM has 4 goals more than the Bruins through 1/5th of the season.
Trotz has the Predators competitive. Again. Every year that team looks questionable on paper and every year Trotz has them in contention.