Tag: NHL head coach

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray Steps In As Head Coach “To Find Out Problems”

The Anaheim Ducks continue to circulate the media world for all the wrong reasons though. If this is new to you the Ducks have been one of the worst teams in hockey the last two months.

Anaheim’s Last 21 Games…

Th Ducks have won just two games since December 18th 2018, went on a 12-game losing streak December 18th to January 15th after winning back to back games and their only two wins in the last 2 months. They are on a current 7-game losing streak and being out scored drastically in this 7-game span. The Ducks have scored 8 goals in seven games while allowing 37 goals against in seven games. Looking at the bigger picture of the Ducks 21-game disaster they have allowed 82 goals against, while scoring 34 goals for. The Ducks have been shutout five times, average 1.62 goals for per game over the last 21 games, 3.9 goals against per game. In this 21-game span they have a record of 2-15-4 a -48 goal differential, -105 shot difference, 12.7 percent power play and 78.9 penalty kill.

Clearly things have not been well in Anaheim and their small pre-All Star break/deadline moves did not do anything. It was inevitable that the Ducks were going to can Randy Carlyle, a head coach of his stature, Stanley Cup experience (winning one with Anaheim) etc. not getting the job done the end decision was firing him before the season ended. We are all surprised he lasted this long though, either way we all knew he was going to get fired. Stuff has been sh*tty to be blunt. I don’t think anyone expected the Ducks to have their GM Bob Murray step in and be the head coach though. Murray has no NHL coaching experience and this will be the first time we will see a GM behind the bench and making executive decisions at the same time.

Murray Feels It Is Necessary To Be Behind The Bench

In a recent article on NHL.com with Mike Zeisberger, Murray addressed a lot of concerns fans have. He said he feels as if this is the best way to figure out what is going on and get to the bottom of the problems right now. He agrees that he should be “in the trenches” with the team during this rough patch. He also said he does not think it is fair to bring someone at this point in the season and how rough it is in Anaheim right now.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf said he understands why Murray is coming to coach and supports his decision fully. He believes it may be beneficial to see what the locker room is like and hopefully give them a spark.

The Ducks play the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night. Murray will have two and a half days to fully prepare for what his first day behind the bench will look like. Wednesday night vs Vancouver could end the Ducks dry spell, we have seen new coaches come in and be successful their first game and following weeks after it. (Ken Hitchcock in Edmonton, Doug Weight in New York) I would not be surprised to see a Ducks win Wednesday night. Things cannot get much worse for Anaheim than having tickets being sold for as low as $17 and fans wearing brown bags to games.

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Trotz signs with New York Islanders after winning Stanley Cup two weeks ago

Wow, talk about a turn around for Barry Trotz the storied and hall of fame head coach goes from winning a Stanley Cup to a team that did not even make the playoffs last season and have won one playoff round in the last 15 years or more.

Barry Trotz signed a $4 million deal over five-years double what he was making in Washington and longer than what Washington offered. This is Trotz now third NHL franchise he will be taking over behind the bench. Trotz basically puts himself in the same category as Scotty Bowman when Bowman pulled the unthinkable and left Detroit in 2002 after they won the cup. Trotz is now the second coach to leave a Stanley Cup winning team after contract disputes since New York Rangers former head coach Mike Keenan left in 1994.

What does this mean for the Islanders? They all can look forward to an actually stable and functioning management and head coach now. The Islanders have dealt with Garth Snow the last 20 years and Jack Capuano and Doug Weight behind the bench. Acquiring Lou Lamoriello and then Trotz is a huge step in the right direction for the Islanders. For many reasons.

  1. It gives Tavares a huge incentive to come back now. Tavares has been on the rocks lately and after what Snow has done and Weight not doing a great job the team has not been that successful therefore many people thought Tavares was going to leave if the Islanders did not make a mix up the management group. You have to be positive that this signing of Trotz and Lamoriello was almost all because of Tavares.
  2. It gives the Islanders a “fresh” start in a sense. They have a different head coach, different GM, different things going on all over. With the coming of Matt Barzal, Josh Bailey signed back, most likely acquiring a goalie the Islanders have a lot of new faces coming in and a fresh start for players under a new coach and management. Therefore what some Islanders players did under Weight and Capuano will give some a chance to crack the line up and see more time, cough cough Josh Ho-Sang.
  3. Draws other free agents and possibly Philip Grubauer to the Islanders even more now. After you win a cup and are the fifth most winningest coach in NHL history you are going to draw quite the crowd to you.

The Islanders put Trotz among the other top paid NHL coaches like Mike Babcock, Joel Quinville and Claude Jullien. Trotz big reasoning for leaving the Capitals is solely based on money. The Capitals refused to give him a contract extension at the start of this year due to his failure in the playoffs in the past. After that Trotz and his group said they wanted well upward of 2 million and the Capitals said they would give him a 300,000 dollar increase over the next two years.

Well Islanders welcome your new coach for the next five years. We do not want to hear any complaining from any of you anymore.

Sincerely,

Every hockey fan.