I for one as a sea dog fan am not impressed. One medicore season and they can him. He got us great assets for the future in the deals he made. We knew when we traded Dido and Grant that we would probably not make it past the 2nd round at best this season.
This management needs to sharpen up fast.
I also wounder where this leaves his son Nathan at, a rookie defenseman for the pups.
I'm not sure the ins and outs of the dismissal, but Saint John was supposed to be a better team then their on-ice performance showed. They were a team that went to the third round last year and had most of their key players returning, with a lot of their young guys like Kirkpatrick, Despres and Anthony improving and ready to carry more of the load.
But by the time the trade period rolled around, the wheels had more or less already fallen off the wagon and suddenly the team is a seller.
From where I'm sitting, something happened there, where the team was unable to play up to their abilities, and when that is the case, you have to look both behind the bench to the coach and up in the rafters to the guy who built the team. In this case, it's the same guy and thus this decision.
Let's put it this way...after the season, Mayer apologized to his teammates (on News 88.9's post game show)...no goalie should EVER have to apologize to his teammates after putting up a .900 SV% in the regular season...sure, he was inconsistent, but so was everyone else...the fact he felt the pressure to do that was inexcusable (and may have played a large factor in the team going to Wayne Long and saying that they wouldn't play for Beaulieu again after game 3)