GDB 24: Oh so you CAN fire a coach!

Wanye
December 03 2008 09:55AM

So let’s get this straight. Head Coach Peter Laviolette was fired in Carolina today. That’s right, apparently head coaches aren’t Dictators-for-life like we’ve been led to believe. And he WON the Cup in 2006, not like our guy who has recently taken to trying to scrap fans during away games.

Really, MacT? This is how you want to go out, is it. Not with class -- but trying to scrap out-of-work lumberyard worker in Dallas as your spectacularly underperforming team implodes in the last two minutes against one of the worst teams in the league? This is the guy Andrew Cogliano is supposed to look to for guidance and inspiration...

Compare and contrast with a team that is willing to hold people accountable for their actions. What’s the deal in Carolina? What would lead to such drastic action being taken? Let’s have a look shall we:

The Hurricanes broke through in the past couple of years with an unlikely Stanley Cup Victory in 2006. They followed up this Championship year by missing the playoffs in 2007–08 and have consistently underachieved since then. They have been mediocre at best so far in the 2008–09 season posting a 12-11-2 record through their first 25 games.

Remind you of anyone? Anyone around here? A Canadian team perhaps? Took their fans on a long Cup run a few years back and then got booted in the beans by some 6’4” donkey? Have played well below the expectations set by their own head coach? A local team? With a new owner looking to make his stamp on the organization?

Ah forget it.

Wonder which of the 15 goalies will be starting tonight...

-- Big ups to MSG again for his alerts. And a big thank you to Nation reader Dryden Roesch for sending over the featured cartoon. People with talent are foreign in these parts but this is a classic.

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#351 jeanshorts
December 03 2008, 10:14PM
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The first thing that came to my mind was also Tampa, JW. That bush league management would be one of the few people legitimately happy to have him on their team right now. Anything to sell tickets I guess.

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#352 Gord
December 03 2008, 10:19PM
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perhaps Atlanta would be a good place for Avery. No one watched them anyway.

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#353 Gord
December 03 2008, 10:20PM
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watches^^^ Isn't that damn edit button here yet????

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#354 Fiveandagame
December 03 2008, 10:21PM
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But would NHL elite player Lecavelier welcome Avery to the team??? Lecavilier has a lot of influence with this team.

NOW I would have to think that AVERY would be on his best behavior for the rest of the season... He's not stupid, he knows this could be his last chance. OR he goes to russia for the remainder of the season and lets the fires cool down and comes back with options as many teams would be looking for Avery's spark.

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#355 Freeze
December 03 2008, 11:20PM
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w00t! Nice to go to a win! Kind of a boring game at times though. Schremp looked very good even with the lame penalty. Samwise has some serious problems guys. He looked terrible. Bad play after bad play, fighting the puck most of the time. A great start and aside from Modano the Stars looked tired and unable to make an effort.

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#356 Chris
December 04 2008, 10:47AM
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Brownlee wrote an article during the break in the schedule saying the Oil needed to go 14-5-1 or so during the next twenty. Since then the Oilers have gone 2-2-0 aginst LA, Dallas twice, and ST Louis. Two home, two away; all three lower tier opponents. Last night was a classic example of how winning hides the wrinkles. First of all, Garon looked uncomfortable in net. For the first time in two years I would have rather seen Roli between the pipes (Especially when Modano made it a one goal game late in the third) Secondly, the powerplay still looked weak. Also, too many turnovers in our zone; fortunately Dallas didn't cash in. I actually thought the Oilers played as good, or better, an overall game in Dallas for a 3-4 loss. Don'tr get me wrong; I'm glad for the win. Happy for Schremp. Here's to going 12-3-1 over the next 16.

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