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04-14-2010, 12:38 PM
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The team also fired Anderson’s three assistant coaches:

Randy Cunneyworth - Boo

Todd Nelson - Yay

Steve Weeks - Dear God, Finally.

John Anderson had it coming, no way around it.

Don Waddell was actually competent the past year or two, not that excited about seeing him go, but certainly won't shed any tears.

Guy Carbonneau looks like a decent option at coach if he wants to come here.

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04-14-2010, 12:55 PM
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Bob Hartley also had this nasty habit of destroying goaltenders, running off players, not bringing in new blood and losing the locker room. As has been said before....there's a very good reason he's no longer a coach anywhere.

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04-14-2010, 01:12 PM
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looks like Dudley is looking at coaching candidates that currently work for other teams... i guess that means no unemployed coaches...

im guessing we hire a current assistant

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04-14-2010, 01:17 PM
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its a shame Cunneyworth was fired by association..he's going to make a very good Head Coach for somebody sooner or later..hopefully he gets an interview when things settle down.

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04-14-2010, 01:29 PM
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There are a lot of hockey fans in Florida laughing their ***** off at this news.
Better the Floridians laughing at us than the rest of the NHL. At least everyone can agree that Dudley is a vast improvement over Waddell.

Especially considering many of the pieces to the Tampa Bay cup win were procured by a Mr. Dudley.

TL;DR: I don't give a **** about Florida. This is Atlanta, and Waddell has been Rich McKay'd. About damn time.

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04-14-2010, 01:45 PM
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Dudleys positives throughout his career, far outweigh the negative Florida experience...even the GREATS have erred, this isnt a fail proof business...and like its been said, he's an upgrade over DW. todays a good day.

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04-14-2010, 02:01 PM
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Dudleys positives throughout his career, far outweigh the negative Florida experience...even the GREATS have erred, this isnt a fail proof business...and like its been said, he's an upgrade over DW. todays a good day.
Definitely an upgrade over DW but I think DW will still have his hand in everything, which means it won't matter who they hire as coach. i wish they would have given JA his last year to show if it was him or that backstabbing control freak waddell.

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Very, very good.

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Randy Cunneyworth..the time has come for him to get a head coaching gig...he's more emotional than JA and has done a great job with young guys in the past (see Buffalo prospects).

if we go outside...Ted Nolan would be interesting..he'd at least demand accountability and his teams have always been tough to play against.
One guy I think being considered is Ken Hitchcock. I would hate that but I wouldn't be surprised if Dudley interviews him.

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I could see John Torchetti being a head coach. He wasn't that bad during his interim stint here in L.A.

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One guy I think being considered is Ken Hitchcock. I would hate that but I wouldn't be surprised if Dudley interviews him.
Hasnt Hitchcock alienated as many team or more than Hartley?

No.....Andy Murray or Craig MacTavish would be good

Cant have Hedberg as goalie coach, as he needs to keep playing.

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I'm still celebrating right now! I'm extremely excited we didn't make the playoffs or sneak into the 8th seed or we would have had to put up with the jokes another year.

Missing the playoffs is like a win-win-win-win situation.

We have new GM, we fired Anderson and his goons, we are getting a new coach, and we have the 8th pick to draft Nino Gretzky!

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I'm cool with this move. While perhaps firing the entire coaching staff was not the best idea (The only one who truly deserved it is Steve Weeks.), it definitely sends the message to the fans that ownership is somewhat receptive to what they've been saying for some time.

I'm not 100% confident about Dudley as the GM (Several of the guys on NHL Home Ice are of the same vein and some wonder if he's not being pushed into a job he doesn't want.).

As for a coach, let's see what Rick can come up with. It couldn't be any worse than what DW has come up with in the past. One hope is that the new coach doesn't come from the AHL.

Assistants, whatever.....

I would like to see them bring in a good goalie coach. I wonder if Pasi would be interested in the job?

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One guy I think being considered is Ken Hitchcock. I would hate that but I wouldn't be surprised if Dudley interviews him.
Oh god no. I'd almost rather have Hartley or Anderson back instead of Hitchcock. Is he not regarded as having a trap type defensive scheme and favor veteran players? Sounds like the complete opposite of what our roster is composed of at the moment.

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One guy I think being considered is Ken Hitchcock.
Which is exactly the last thing this team needs.

Sorry. No dice. I don't think Dudley is stupid enough to bring him in for an interview, much less a job.

I think the coaches being targeted are currently on playoff teams, given Dudley comments about being far off from interviewing coaches.

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Tortorella, if he is fired.

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Thank God. Dudley as GM is a good move. And I didn't like ANY of our coaching staff so I am psyched. it is good that Dudley gets to handpick the new coaching staff as well.

This can only help us IMO.

And just say no to Hartley. Time to try someone new.

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04-14-2010, 04:43 PM
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These new hires could make or break the franchise remaining in Atlanta. Huge decision IMO.

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its a shame Cunneyworth was fired by association..he's going to make a very good Head Coach for somebody sooner or later..hopefully he gets an interview when things settle down.
I agree. He should of been given the interim job in December after the 9 game losing streak and the Thrashers could of evaluated him for a half a season to see if the team could improve with Cunneyworth in charge rather than Anderson.

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Somebody that can look at the camera and speak without mumbling.

MacTavish or John Stevens or perhaps Ted Nolan, although I'd like to know why he so quickly wore out his welcome on Long Island.

NO WAY on Hitchcock. No to Michel Therrien.

Maybe Torts would be good for the younger guys. He's made Christensen into a serviceable guy and Vinny Prospal seems to love him, wonder if the last minute run in NY is enough to keep his job there.

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John Stevens has already publicly said he wants the job...so thats an option

http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/The...try/view/62770

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DW was promoted because he's a very smart business man. He's well liked, personally, by the fans and also by the rest of the management team. Keeping him in the organization is certainly a good choice. It was just time for him to lose his GM abilities.
A lot of people are saying this, I'm not sure if it is entirely correct.

Letting Brunette and Savard walk was more of a business decision than a hockey one. Both produced on the ice, obviously DW thought they weren't worth what they were asking.

Fan base and attendances have gotten worse and I'm sure the team is doing pretty bad financially as a result of this. Promotion for the team has been pretty poor in Atlanta to generate interest. A lot of this surely falls back on what DW was doing as a GM and also it could be said that this area was neglected as a result of DW wearing too many hats within the organisation.

The only strength I can see with Waddell is he is a great communicater with the media, fans and internal management.

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Is Gretzky done with coaching? Would he even consider Atlanta

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