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11-17-2008, 02:26 PM
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Who Are The Best Coaches In The NHL?

I don't know who the other coaches are but McLellan has been good in San Jose.

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11-17-2008, 02:31 PM
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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.

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11-17-2008, 02:33 PM
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Lindy Ruff has always been pretty good, Guy Carbonneau, Bruce Boudreau, Mike Babcock and Jacques Lamaire also come to mind.

edit: Ken Hitchcock seems to do pretty well wherever he goes as well.

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11-17-2008, 02:34 PM
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Off the top of my head:

Babcock
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.

Best coaches not in the NHL?

Ted Nolan
Tortorella

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11-17-2008, 02:42 PM
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11-17-2008, 02:47 PM
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We may have been wary about McClellan before, but we're basically playing Nelly-ball and winning (cause it's hockey, we don't have to give the puck back to the other team).

We should have done this years ago.

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Tortorella is the best one outside of the NHL. That's what I am sure about. Wouldnt be surprised to see him in the KHL if no NHL team offers him a job.

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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.

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11-17-2008, 02:58 PM
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I am a huge Lindy Ruff fan! Wish we could have him instead of MacT... who should be at the bottom of that list!

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1) Babcock
2) Carbonneau
3) Wilson
4) Julien
5) Trotz

P.S. Did Babcock play this "puck possession" style while with Anaheim as well?

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My favorite is Alain Vigneault. I think he's a fantastic coach.

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clearly Michel Therrien

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1) Babcock
2) Carbonneau
3) Wilson
4) Julien
5) Trotz

P.S. Did Babcock play this "puck possession" style while with Anaheim as well?
He played dump and chase there.

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11-17-2008, 03:25 PM
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He played dump and chase there.
He had no choice. Look at the d core he had. Havelid, Salei, Carney, Sauer, Ozolinsh. Giguere sure was a MVP.

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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.

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I figure these are the two best from each division.

Northeast: Julien & Wilson
Atlantic: Renney & Sutter
Southeast: Boudreau & Laviolette
Northwest: Lemaire & Vigneault
Central: Babcock & Quenneville
Pacific: McLellan & Tippett

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Murray has been doing better this year. But he's still the worst coach in the central.

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Trotz really impresses me. Not only does he consistently do the most with the least, but that team has a phenomenal track record of bad luck - but they aways perform well.

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One name just came to mind..

Babcock

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11-17-2008, 05:00 PM
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Doesn't have the results to show for it this season, but I believe Tippett's the active leader in winning % among NHL coaches. Or something along those lines.

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Doesn't have the results to show for it this season, but I believe Tippett's the active leader in winning % among NHL coaches. Or something along those lines.
I'll agree that Tippett is a great coach although it isn't showing last year, I was kind of surprised that he wasn't nominated for the Jack adams last year.

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everyone who has won a Cup before followed by everyone who has not won a Cup before.

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One name just came to mind..

Babcock
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.

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11-17-2008, 08:36 PM
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I found it hilarious that on VS a few mins ago they named 4 top coaches from the east and Michel Therrien was one of them and Keith Jones went as far as to pick him as his favorite.

The other 3 were

Ron Wilson
Claude Julien
Tom Renney

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