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05-16-2011, 07:57 PM
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Jim Playfair to the Phoenix Coyotes as Associate Coach

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The Flames have also exercised their option on Abbotsford Heat head coach Jim Playfair.
Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/...#ixzz1MZCfovUJ


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Great news, I still think he can be a good NHL head coach, and was really hoping he didn't get poached by another team

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I hope he is more open to running an offensive system come next season.

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I think he's done a great job rounding out our prospects' game. Backlund is probably the best example and perhaps Brodie can be another example.

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I think he's done a great job rounding out our prospects' game. Backlund is probably the best example and perhaps Brodie can be another example.
Yes but you also have to promote their offensive skill set.

Finishing dead last in the entire AHL in GF is not acceptable, their has to be medium between the two.

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I think Playfair did a tremendous job with the Heat last season considering the cards he was dealt. They were was basically in the playoff hunt right up until the end of the season and he had devastating injuries all season long. He was not in a position to play an offensive system, his only option was to try and play a sound defensive style of game to remain competitive. And he did his very best job. I'm sure he will try to open things up next year providing his guys are healthy, may someone will get over 35 points next season.

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Yes but you also have to promote their offensive skill set.

Finishing dead last in the entire AHL in GF is not acceptable, their has to be medium between the two.
In his defence, the team that he was given will never be described as offensively gifted. Depending on a 20 year old, first year pro power forward to carry your offence screams disaster. And yes, I know there was lots of other guys there and that Nemisz wasn't expected to be "the guy" but I don't think it's an outrageous statement to say that he was the most offensively gifted player on that team, and the team's success depended on a stand out performance from him.

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Yes but you also have to promote their offensive skill set.

Finishing dead last in the entire AHL in GF is not acceptable, their has to be medium between the two.
well, you need good offensive players to do that....thanks to the Flames scouting, they have very few.

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Playfair offered an assistant coaching job with the Phoenix Coyotes.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/06/10...ne-to-the-dogs

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Jim Playfair, the former Calgary Flames head coach who spent the last two seasons guiding the AHL Abbotsford Heat, could be leaving the organization to take an assistant coaching position with the NHLís Phoenix Coyotes.

Playfair has been offered a job under Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett, which he has until Friday to accept.

Calls to Playfair Thursday werenít answered, and he didnít return messages.

As of late Thursday afternoon, he hadnít resigned his post with the Flames.

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Whatever he decides, best of luck to him.

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I think he is gone. Tippett, IMO, is the best coach in the league. I wanted him over Sutter and was sad when the announcment came. PHX is so lucky to have him, and Playfair knows it. The best thing for his career would be to jump ship and wingman for Tippett.

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Well, it's Friday... wonder if he'll leave? I wonder who'd we replace him with? ... Darryl Sutter perhaps?

The fact he's even thinking about it shows a lot of respect for our club, I think... instead of saying an immediate yes. Good guy, deserves what's coming to him either way. :]

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I hope he takes it. It will be a loss for the Flames organization for sure, but Jim is a good guy and deserves the oppertunity. He has a similar coaching style to Tippet's, it would be a good fit.

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I hope he takes it. It will be a loss for the Flames organization for sure, but Jim is a good guy and deserves the oppertunity. He has a similar coaching style to Tippet's, it would be a good fit.
I agree. I liked Playfair's tenure with the Flames and I think he got a lot of unfair heat and as much as I'd like for him to stick around with Abbotsford, I hope he decides on whatever he feels is best for him. He deserves another shot (even as an assistant coach), in my opinion.

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http://www.hockeyfights.com/news/160481

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today the Coyotes have signed Jim Playfair to a multi-year contract to serve as the teamís associate coach.
Best of luck to Jim.

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I'm happy for him. I really hope this leads to another head coaching oppertunity down the road for him. I think he was prematurely given the reigns of head coach here, although I think it was a great experience for him. The players did not respect him as the "guy" because he was an assistant for a few seasons and then all of the sudden he had to be the one in charge. After he went to Abbotsford, it looked as though he was a different guy. He was way more vocal and intense and there was no question who was running the team. Playfair is a solid coach and good hockey guy, I wish him all the best except of course when the Yotes play us.

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I'm happy for him. I really hope this leads to another head coaching oppertunity down the road for him. I think he was prematurely given the reigns of head coach here, although I think it was a great experience for him. The players did not respect him as the "guy" because he was an assistant for a few seasons and then all of the sudden he had to be the one in charge. After he went to Abbotsford, it looked as though he was a different guy. He was way more vocal and intense and there was no question who was running the team. Playfair is a solid coach and good hockey guy, I wish him all the best except of course when the Yotes play us.
I agree that he has learned a lot as the head coach of an AHL team. I think that this is another step towards becoming an NHL coach.

All the best for Playfair.

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All the best to Jim Playfair. He deserves this opportunity.

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Who cares, this guy was a terrible NHL coach. Good riddance.

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Terrible? 43-29-10 is terrible?

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Terrible? 43-29-10 is terrible?
Nobody remembers regular season results. All that counts is how you do in the playoffs.

Playfair was a bad coach in the playoffs and that's why he got his azz canned.

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Nobody remembers regular season results. All that counts is how you do in the playoffs.

Playfair was a bad coach in the playoffs and that's why he got his azz canned.
We played Detroit in the first round. They probably would had won the cup if they had beaten Anaheim in the third round. The guy gets far too much unfair criticism, which you are clearly providing.

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Unfair criticism? The guy lost in the first round of the playoffs, no excuses. We lost in six games if I remember correctly. We lost to a team that didn't even get to the finals too!

Great coaches win, and poor coaches lose. Playfair lost. He is a loser. This is why he has been coaching in the AHL for the past few years and why he was offered a job as an assistant coach, not a head coach.

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I was kinda hoping he would stay in Abbotsford but good for Jim, best of luck in Phoenix.

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Unfair criticism? The guy lost in the first round of the playoffs, no excuses. We lost in six games if I remember correctly. We lost to a team that didn't even get to the finals too!

Great coaches win, and poor coaches lose. Playfair lost. He is a loser. This is why he has been coaching in the AHL for the past few years and why he was offered a job as an assistant coach, not a head coach.
Haha. How many coaches have won the cup in the last ten years? Every coach not on that list OS a loser?

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