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?
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.
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.
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.