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02-03-2010, 04:31 PM
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Hitch gets the axe

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=308802

Well there you go.

Can we have Umberger back now?

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Columbus loves Umberger, so no.

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I had a feeling that was coming.

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Columbus loves Umberger, so no.
but I really want him back!

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Umberger, the true Penguin killer.

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I think this is a bad move, and sends a bad message.

They told everyone he was their guy, and when the going got tough they bailed on him.

I thought they're building a winner there, part of that has to do with a winning attitude with the coach. Hitchcock had that, and no one else in Columbus, hell, no one else in Ohio has that.

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Claude Noel, a long time AHL player and coach, will take over on an interim basis; he was an assistant to Hitch since '07.

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Hitch deserved better than to be rotting in Columbus anyway.

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Cue Ron Wilson getting the axe and Hitch moving up to TOR.

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RJ! RJ! RJ!, we need him back, besides he has a Flyers tattoo why would he play anywhere else?

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The real proof of how well Hitch is regarded as a coach in the post-lockout NHL is how quickly he gets a job offer. I honestly think he's going to go full force after a broadcast career. He is articulate, works the press well and has a bit of a sense of humor.


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Hitch will probably just continue to do his Civil War gigs.

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The real proof of well well Hitch is regarded as a coach in the post-lockout NHL is how quickly he gets a job offer. I honestly think he's going to go full force after a broadcast career. He is articulate, works the press well and has a bit of a sense of humor.
CUE BCF16 "I told you so in 5-4-3-2...."

You're right...I never thought about that actually. He would be excellent!

Sorry to hear about this....Hitch is a good coach, regardless of the era. He did as much as he could with that team down there. No legit top center....No legit puck carrying dman.....and up and down play from his goaltenders.

They have a young team and need stability. They need to shed the Modin/Torres salaries and keep building.

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I think this is a bad move, and sends a bad message.

They told everyone he was their guy, and when the going got tough they bailed on him.

I thought they're building a winner there, part of that has to do with a winning attitude with the coach. Hitchcock had that, and no one else in Columbus, hell, no one else in Ohio has that.
This was stuff I hadn't considered.

It's probably a really good example of going the coach-first route of who to replace when things aren't working. Regardless whether the players begin to pull it together there (be it at the end of this season or starting next) I can't see them getting any further than they've been the past couple years with a new coach.

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Team SVPCT ranks, bottom to top:

30th: Toronto .884 (MY GOD!)
28th: Columbus, Edmonton .894
26th: Dallas, Carolina .897
25th: Minnesota .899
24th: Ottawa (our first playoff team) .902
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The reality is that Mason cratered from last year, and their backup was Garon (a backup)...and you have to really be able to score in this league if your goaltending is that far down the ranks.

GM should have realized what was going on there...they just weren't getting the goaltending to have much success.

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CUE BCF16 "I told you so in 5-4-3-2...."

You're right...I never thought about that actually. He would be excellent!

Sorry to hear about this....Hitch is a good coach, regardless of the era. He did as much as he could with that team down there. No legit top center....No legit puck carrying dman.....and up and down play from his goaltenders.

They have a young team and need stability. They need to shed the Modin/Torres salaries and keep building.
Actually, quite on the contrary. I thought Hitch did a wonderful job in Columbus using his young talent. I don't like the way he handled Filatov, but that's a separate issue in itself (I blame both Hitch and Howson for the Filatov mess).

If he only would have had faith in his young players the way he did in Columbus. That's what bugged me the most. He had zero confidence in the guys here, but in Columbus, he was giving guys like Brassard and Voracek all the ice time in the world.

Hitch had grasped the concept that young players need to play in order to get better and they needed to make mistakes in order to learn the game. He didn't grasp that concept here. It's too bad that Columbus fired him because I don't think anyone saw Mason having the meltdown that he's having this year and I don't think anyone saw how much their offense had choked up. They need a power play and point producing defenseman and Howson failed to land them one. That hurt more than anything in the world. You know that when Mike Commodore is your leading scorer amongst the defense, you can bet there's trouble on the horizon.

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The real proof of how well Hitch is regarded as a coach in the post-lockout NHL is how quickly he gets a job offer. I honestly think he's going to go full force after a broadcast career. He is articulate, works the press well and has a bit of a sense of humor.
I don't think he really has the voice or personality for it. He doesn't seem like a television personality.

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Team SVPCT ranks, bottom to top:

30th: Toronto .884 (MY GOD!)
28th: Columbus, Edmonton .894
26th: Dallas, Carolina .897
25th: Minnesota .899
24th: Ottawa (our first playoff team) .902
...

The reality is that Mason cratered from last year, and their backup was Garon (a backup)...and you have to really be able to score in this league if your goaltending is that far down the ranks.

GM should have realized what was going on there...they just weren't getting the goaltending to have much success.
That was the other thing I meant to mention, never did it. Steve Mason went all Andrew Raycroft.

I know Mason was great, but it's still a really bad idea to put all the eggs in the basket of a 21 YO. Cam Ward's 2nd season wasn't that stellar either.

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Cue Ron Wilson getting the axe and Hitch moving up to TOR.
Nope. Hitch is not a Burke coach. Burke wants high tempo hockey. Hitch does not employ a high tempo system.

EDIT: I wonder if Hitch considers going back to junior hockey. He was a dynamite coach in Kamloops. As well, if Len Barrie gets a group together and buys the Lightning, you have to believe that Len would consider bringing in his old junior coach to Tampa Bay (although Tocchet has done a commendable job in Tampa Bay).

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I wonder if when Marc Crawford inevitably is fired, if Joe Nieuwendyk would hire him for a return to the Stars.

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I wonder if when Marc Crawford inevitably is fired, if Joe Nieuwendyk would hire him for a return to the Stars.
I don't think Crawford gets fired until next season. Dallas is going through a retooling phase and this upcoming off season, they're going to have a lot of money available to spend on free agency. I think Crawford will be given a chance to see if the team's fortunes improve after free agency. If they don't, then I think he's gone and it's very possible Hitch ends up back in Dallas.

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true irony would be stevens being let go by versus and them hiring hitch

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I think this is a bad move, and sends a bad message.

They told everyone he was their guy, and when the going got tough they bailed on him.

I thought they're building a winner there, part of that has to do with a winning attitude with the coach. Hitchcock had that, and no one else in Columbus, hell, no one else in Ohio has that.
GKJ, you don't know much about the Columbus market, do you?

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I live with some CBJ fans, I have to say, they are pretty gung-ho about the team. Obviously not in the bandwagon sense that a lot of Cavs and OSU fans are.

The thing they all had in common was that they hated Hitch.

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Jesus Christ. It is about ****ing time.

I cant stand to see guys like Brassard, Voracek, Filatov, etc. not develop because of Hitch. Hopefully they bring someone in who can excel in player development.

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