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08-05-2009, 05:35 PM
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As an Avs fan, I'm glad to be rid of him as a Head Coach, but I think he'd fit rather well as an Assistant for you guys.

Do you notice the comments at the bottom of that link? What 'bad treatment' did he recieve in Colorado?

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08-05-2009, 06:13 PM
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My thoughts too, but Fitzgerald and Savard are still active in the organization I believe. I imagine one or both will take part in training camp at the very least.
They were forwards too.

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I'm still not 100% used to seeing consistently sound decision making from this organization.
Yeah, now that the Pens are good, I have nothing to post.

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08-05-2009, 06:34 PM
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08-05-2009, 07:10 PM
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I'm still not 100% used to seeing consistently sound decision making from this organization.

I don't know, I kind of miss the days when you could find a head coach by simply hanging out at the Italian club in the Soo.

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08-05-2009, 07:30 PM
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He wasn't really my first choice but I figured he'd be on the radar, being a former teammate of Bylsma's. Pretty nice having an assistant with a decent amount of head coaching experience at the NHL level. That should help DB out.

My only concern is, with 3 former forwards behind the bench, is that enough knowledge to impart on our young d-men?
Chris Chelios is looking for work somewhere.

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08-05-2009, 07:32 PM
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I'm still not 100% used to seeing consistently sound decision making from this organization.

theres still the pirates!

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I like it. Granato seems to be one of those guys who is good as an assistant coach but not a head coach.
He's the Dick Lebeau of the NHL...

Another great pick-up for the Pens this summer.

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I say we can Yeo and find a guy with a strong defensive backround.

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Not a big Granato fan...but I think he'll be fine as an assistant coach.

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08-05-2009, 08:56 PM
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So what does Granato exactly take over? PK?

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So what does Granato exactly take over? PK?
I'd imagine. Considering he was a defensive forward who played on the Sharks PK later in his NHL career, it would make sense.

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Gotta love the experience our coaching staff has as a whole now. Granato isn't the perfect candidate to help the team out, but his experience will fit in well w/ this staff.

I really am happy with this move. I think we have a group of hockey minds from Mario to Shero to the entire coaching staff that will make the organization run as a whole.

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08-06-2009, 11:36 AM
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I'd imagine. Considering he was a defensive forward who played on the Sharks PK later in his NHL career, it would make sense.
You guy's better hope he doesn't take over anything...

As an avs fan, I can officially say I'm pretty sure he knows nothing about coaching or tactics.

I'm pretty sure he didn't really run anything under the avs, as his schemes when he was coach were totally different than what was happening while he was an assistant.

FWIW, he's supposed to be really popular w/the players, an I think when he was w/the avs he was closer to the bridge between the coach and players rather than an actual coach himself.

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I think super reverse homer needs to post more nowadays.

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08-06-2009, 07:19 PM
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Everybody seems to make him out to be the worst coach of all time. Hopefully he's not that bad.

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Ugh. Granato's an awful coach.

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i like the hiring of him to be an assistant now if he was the head coach it would be a diff story but i think he could be a good if not great assistant coach here

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i like the hiring of him to be an assistant now if he was the head coach it would be a diff story but i think he could be a good if not great assistant coach here
What makes you think that? The guy's an absolute moron who took this team...

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Konowalchuk-Gratton-Barnaby
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Morris-Blake
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Aebischer

...and lost in the second round.

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What makes you think that? The guy's an absolute moron who took this team...

Tanguay-Forsberg-Hejduk
Kariya-Sakic-Selanne
Konowalchuk-Gratton-Barnaby
Moore-Nikolishin-Hinote

Morris-Blake
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Aebischer

...and lost in the second round.
Tell me why it was Granato's fault.

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Tell me why it was Granato's fault.
He didn't know what he was doing. He delegated to his assistant coaches when he got overwhelmed, he didn't know how to manage his personnel properly, he's awful at managing the PP (if you thought we passed too much before, just wait)...

Quite frankly, he's just an idiot. True, he's probably a better assistance than head coach but he's also one of the most embarrassingly awful head coaches in NHL history.

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08-06-2009, 10:10 PM
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What makes you think that? The guy's an absolute moron who took this team...

Tanguay-Forsberg-Hejduk
Kariya-Sakic-Selanne
Konowalchuk-Gratton-Barnaby
Moore-Nikolishin-Hinote

Morris-Blake
Liles-Foote
Skrastins-Skoula

Aebischer

...and lost in the second round.
Meh....the goaltending, defense and bottom 6 on that team wasn't exactly bullet proof. And the Kariya and Selanne aquisitions famously bombed.

For all the slack I've been reading, the dude's record as a head coach was 215-104-17-16 and he has a fine reputation as an assistant. Not giving him a free pass but I'm more than happy to have his experience on our bench.

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What makes you think that? The guy's an absolute moron who took this team...

Tanguay-Forsberg-Hejduk
Kariya-Sakic-Selanne
Konowalchuk-Gratton-Barnaby
Moore-Nikolishin-Hinote

Morris-Blake
Liles-Foote
Skrastins-Skoula

Aebischer

...and lost in the second round.
That team is all backwards. It was never made up like this.

Morris was traded to Phoenix for Gratton for a start.

And when you consider that Selanne and Kariya seemed to only be interested in exchanging friendship bracelets and braiding each other's hair while phoning it in for the season, which nutted their top six. Kariya was injured by the playoffs and only played one game, anyway. Forsberg was injured most of the year, too.

Not only that, they lost Tanguay and Blake to injury in the elimination game six against San Jose. Blake was playing with leg and ankle injuries as it was.


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