Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's "hard to keep track" of the coaching insanity

I usually don't comment too much on what other people write, preferring instead to just march to the beat of my own drum. But AJC columnist Mark Bradley's comments on the Thrashers coaching job search tonight were just too much.

Take his predictions and do a 180-degree turn, and that's more like reality. I do have some information to back that up, I'm just not going to lay it out for you. It's not in anyone's interest to do so. But I assure you that Bradley is several shades of wrong.

Here's what Bradley wrote:
Likely suspects: John Anderson, who coaches the Chicago Wolves; Paul Maurice, who was fired by the Maple Leafs; and McCrimmon. • Unlikely suspects: Ron Wilson, who was fired by San Jose, and Peter DeBoer, who coaches the minor league Kitchener Rangers. DeBoer could be headed for the Maple Leafs and, with six NHL teams looking for coaches, Wilson could see other jobs as more inviting. • Hiring timetable: Early June, according to Waddell. • Prediction: Paul Maurice


Paul Maurice will not be the next Thrashers coach, nor will McCrimmon, nor will Anderson. I'd take that to the bank. Ron Wilson, as a taskmaster, is a bad fit for the team at this time. DeBoer is actually the most likely off that list. But he doesn't coach "minor league" hockey. I'm also not sure how you can say a coach may be headed for the Maple Leafs when they haven't even hired a GM yet. Typically, GMs hire coaches right?
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2 comments:

pkwaldrop said...

I heard a presser with the interim Leafs GM. He was clear. Toronto believes they have the luxury of time in the search for a coach. They are operating as if they are the best available job and candidates will hold-off for a chance to meet with them. Translation; GM hired first.

pkwaldrop said...

I heard a presser with the interim Leafs GM. He was clear. Toronto believes they have the luxury of time in the search for a coach. They are operating as if they are the best available job and candidates will hold-off for a chance to meet with them. Translation; GM hired first.