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09-21-2009, 04:58 PM
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Dave King Impressions

Coyotes fan here (yes, we still exist):

Dave King was just hired by the Coyotes as a second assistant coach. Currently, Ulf Samuelsson is running the team, and Gretzky is nowhere to be found. So in the event that the Coyotes do stay in Phoenix (please) and Gretz really leaves and King becomes head coach, I wondered what Blue Jackets fans think we could look forward to. Did he seem to make sensible decisions on who plays and their line assignments, did the young players develop under him, that sort of thing...

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09-21-2009, 05:03 PM
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Dave King is a very smart hockey guy and will be a great asset to the 'Yotes. He will organize them like they have never been organized before and is very good at putting players in a position to succeed. He will have a lot more to work with in Phx than he did in Columbus as well.

This was a smart hire by Phx.

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I really like Dave King, and think he was given a raw deal here in Columbus. He should never have been let go.

That said, based on your thread title, I thought you were going to post vids of someone doing impressions of Dave King.

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This was a smart hire by Phx.
Agreed, he'll be your head coach soon.

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He'll work well with the Yotes young core, moreso than the expanison cast of misfits that he had during his time here.

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Coyotes fan here (yes, we still exist):

Dave King was just hired by the Coyotes as a second assistant coach. Currently, Ulf Samuelsson is running the team, and Gretzky is nowhere to be found. So in the event that the Coyotes do stay in Phoenix (please) and Gretz really leaves and King becomes head coach, I wondered what Blue Jackets fans think we could look forward to. Did he seem to make sensible decisions on who plays and their line assignments, did the young players develop under him, that sort of thing...
I wasn't paying attention during the King years, sadly, but everything I've read about the situation is that he lost his job here because MacLean went on a power trip, and that he did really well otherwise.

So I'd be optimistic, myself.

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I wasn't paying attention during the King years, sadly, but everything I've read about the situation is that he lost his job here because MacLean went on a power trip, and that he did really well otherwise.

So I'd be optimistic, myself.
I heard ego trip



Regardless, he was let go prematurely and for the wrong reasons.

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With the amount of young players you guys have, King is a great fit. He's a teacher and as hashmarks said, will implement a structured system that could lead to some success, given the young talent in Phoenix.

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I'd like to see King get a fair chance in Phoenix. He certainly didn't in Columbus.

Somewhat surprised to see him make it back to the league after, if memory serves me, vocally siding with the Russians in the NHL's dispute with the KHL.

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King had a tough situation here, but I strongly believe he would be the man for the job in PHX.

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I never thought he should have been fired. I think he's a great hire.

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I remember when he was hired, MacLean raved about him being a good coach for young players. Unfortunately, we had mostly a team of older castoffs. By the time we started to get some good youngun's, King was long gone.

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Great with youth, a very smart man and knows the game..., sort of quiet but since having Howson the quiet types are the way to go. Let me know if he still wears that yellow sport jacket.

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With the amount of young players you guys have, King is a great fit. He's a teacher and as hashmarks said, will implement a structured system that could lead to some success, given the young talent in Phoenix.
Couldn't have said it better. Kinger is a great hire for the Yotes.

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Thanks for the replies, everybody. We're not sure if Gretzky (or the team) is going to stay or not, but it sounds like seeing King behind the bench would be a great change from watching Gretzky's blue-in-the-face routine.

There is plenty of young talent, and Coyote fans are generally in agreement that it has not improved under his reign. And his mostly random line combos have been mind boggling. Laugh if you will, but I think the Coyotes could compete for a playoff spot with the right X's and O's guy at the helm.

Home opener against your team is less than three weeks away!

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I wish King was still part of CBJ's coaching staff. Good coach and a great guy. He knows how to develop young kids.

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I wish King was still part of CBJ's coaching staff. Good coach and a great guy. He knows how to develop young kids.
I'll never forget his incessant habit of taking notes... His little pad must have been full after every game.

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Pick up his book "King of Russia" its a great read and you'll learn a lot about the man.

http://www.amazon.com/King-Russia-Ru.../dp/0771029128

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Pick up his book "King of Russia" its a great read and you'll learn a lot about the man.

http://www.amazon.com/King-Russia-Ru.../dp/0771029128
I'd assume he speaks Russian after coaching there, is that true?

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Thanks for the replies, everybody. We're not sure if Gretzky (or the team) is going to stay or not, but it sounds like seeing King behind the bench would be a great change from watching Gretzky's blue-in-the-face routine.

There is plenty of young talent, and Coyote fans are generally in agreement that it has not improved under his reign. And his mostly random line combos have been mind boggling. Laugh if you will, but I think the Coyotes could compete for a playoff spot with the right X's and O's guy at the helm.

Home opener against your team is less than three weeks away!
I am guessing that you guys will have a new head coach before long as well--Dave Tippet would be my guess. He, King and Burke (who was just promoted to goalie coach and Fuhr was moved to goaltending consultant of some sort--which really means you don't do much) are very tight.

I am guessing a win for the league and no Ballsillie considering these coaching moves.

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Pick up his book "King of Russia" its a great read and you'll learn a lot about the man.

http://www.amazon.com/King-Russia-Ru.../dp/0771029128
I was just going to post that. One of the more interesting hockey books I've read, and lots of insight into his expectations, as well as his critique of N. Amer players.

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I'd assume he speaks Russian after coaching there, is that true?
Not really. He had his assistant coaches translate for him most of the time.

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I am guessing that you guys will have a new head coach before long as well--Dave Tippet would be my guess. He, King and Burke (who was just promoted to goalie coach and Fuhr was moved to goaltending consultant of some sort--which really means you don't do much) are very tight.

I am guessing a win for the league and no Ballsillie considering these coaching moves.
I certainly hope so. I can just imagine how things would be for King with Balsillie and his newly-MacLean-equipped team.

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With the amount of young players you guys have, King is a great fit. He's a teacher and as hashmarks said, will implement a structured system that could lead to some success, given the young talent in Phoenix.
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I remember when he was hired, MacLean raved about him being a good coach for young players. Unfortunately, we had mostly a team of older castoffs. By the time we started to get some good youngun's, King was long gone.
These. I know I weighed in on this once already, but this, more than any other "what if" in Jackets history, weighs on me most when looking back.

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Dave King without DMGM.....that's a good thing.

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That what weve been hearing in Phoenix. Tippet is waiting for the dust to settle.

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I am guessing that you guys will have a new head coach before long as well--Dave Tippet would be my guess. He, King and Burke (who was just promoted to goalie coach and Fuhr was moved to goaltending consultant of some sort--which really means you don't do much) are very tight.

I am guessing a win for the league and no Ballsillie considering these coaching moves.

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