June 11th, 2009



For me personally I usually like when a GM goes out and gets a young fresh face coach that has put in his time and deserves a chance to show what he can do just like Stanley Cup Finalist Dan Bylsma did along with the Florida Panthers head coach Pete DeBoer he was plucked -taking him fresh out of Major Junior.

Stars named Marc Crawford as their new coach Thursday, bringing in a well-traveled NHL veteran to replace the fired Dave Tippett.

The coaching change is the first significant move by general manager & former Leafs player and recent executive Joe Nieuwendyk since he was hired May 31.

Crawford is the exception of my “younger fresh rule” of hiring recycled coaches that need to move over and make room for new blood.

Crawford’s last gig was in L.A with the Kings where he got shafted and was let go and not allowed to stay the course and develop his young roster which still leaves many scratching their heads.

This hire by GM Newy is a very good one and was obviously something that was important for Newy if you look at how fast the turn around was with these moves.

Tippett in my mind no matter which way you cut it threw one of his own players under the bus whether Sean Avery deserved or not is not the question. When you are the coach you deal with your players issues internally and never with the idiot media who will blow anything that is said so far out of proportion that is said anyways.( Please refer to every article ever written by suns simmons)

Tippett can coach but what he did going public on Avery rubbed me the wrong way and I’m sure as much as players would like to kick Avery in the teeth themselves wouldn’t want their own coach to do the same thing publicly. It’s just not the way to handle your dressing room and probably a main reason he is looking for work today.


Believe me speaking from experience it ain’t easy for someone to walk away from Devils boss Lou Lamoriello unless it’s done his way with his blessing.

It would probably have been easier for one to walk away from New Jersey Mob Boss Tony Soprano in the hit TV show than tell Lou ” Um yeah Lou I’m quitting”.

Sutter will bide his time if that’s what it takes and wait the season he has left on the contract with the Devs, but in the end whether it’s this Sept or next he will coach the Calgary Flames. That will all depend on how Lou determines how he wants this to work with his former very high paid coach at $2 million plus a season on a three year deal.

Sutter is tough gruff guy just like his bothers and specifically the one in charge already with the Flames GM Darryl. The two Sutter’s will be a great fit once the Jersey Boss allows it to take place.

Maybe the Sutter’s need to go to Jersey for a good old fashioned ” Sit Down” to complete the deal.


Toronto Maple Leafs boss Brian Burke has made a massive move by landing Patrick Roy’s former coach to take the Leafs goalie coaching/consulting job.

The Toronto Maples Leafs hired Francois Allaire who was working with Burke’s former team in Anahiem and you just know to leave that weather and lifestyle in CA there must have been some serious dollars changing bank accounts.

“We consider Francois to be one of the best in the world at his craft,” said Burke in a statement. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience and I know that he will make an immediate impact with our goalies.”

Burke with this move has just improved the all important goaltending position with one hire showing once again he is a very savvy General Manager while working his way through the issues at the ACC.

For Hockey God I’m Dave Frost