Over and Underrated Coaches

Coaches are one of the most underrated jobs on a hockey team. Aside from players, who do you think is the most overrated coach, who do you think is the most underrated coach? Here are a list who i think are the top 5 overrated coaches and the top 5 underrated coaches.

Over-Rated Coaches (Top 5)

1. Quinn (Toronto)

2. Hitchc0ck (Philadelphia)

3. Fraser (Atlanta)

4. Lewis (Detroit)

5. MacTavish (Edmonton)

Under-Rated Coaches

1. Butch Cassidy (Washington)

2. Michel Therien (Montreal)

3. Paul Maurice (Carolina)

4. Tortarella or Barber (who ever coaches Tampa Bay)

5. Mike Keenan (Florida)


21 Responses to Over and Underrated Coaches

  1. mikster says:

    I don’t think Cassidy is underrated yet, or overrated.

    I think after a full season we should be able to tell.

    Hitch is not overrated, he just has a solid system and a pretty good way to deal with his players. However, the players can zone out on him.

    Fraser can’t control this team, there needs to be a coaching change there in Atlanta. Hire Ron Low!

    Lewis, again…he should coach a full season.

    MacTavish, i don’t know….i think he is a good coach, but this team does need something.

    Therien is underrated….he is very active in coaching, but Savard better fix the offense and defense.

    Maurice is a very young coach still, and he know his stuff….he’s coached his team very well.

    Tortarella is good too, though i hated his heavy trap last season.

    Keenan, he will be happy once he is out of Florida.

  2. Habs4ever says:

    This is a tough question…and interesting article. I think its too early to judge Cassidy or Lewis so for underated I would add Peter Laviolette and for over-rated Jacques Martin. I agree with most of your picks even though I thought Keenan would be in the over-rated section, I mean all he does is destroy young players’ confidence.

  3. Tony says:

    How can you say the Lewis is over-rated? He’s coached 7 games, thats just a dumb comment on your part. All the other ones i agree with though.

  4. MantaRay says:

    Its way too early in the season to be making such predictions on the rookie coaches.

    How can anyone say Quinn is over-rated?

    I don’t like him, but you have to respect the job he has done. Do you remember the seasons before he came???

    The Leafs have been one of the top teams in the league since he took over. Even hitting 100 points last season. You can’t argue his success as coach.

    All Hitch***** did was turn around a franchise and win a Stanley Cup. Now he has helped put the Flyers focus together.

    This is just a silly post.

  5. leafsrule31 says:

    quinn over rated?.. oh.. thats right.. how many other coaches in the nhl have olympic gold medals?.. hmm. quinns a shitty gm but hes not a bad coach. im not saying hes a scotty bowman by any means.. but hes not as horrible a coach as the world makes him out to be. how can he be over rated?… hes just coming off of a hundred point season and a semi final playoff run?

  6. Bigman says:

    an under rated coach has got to be craig mactavish, or at least i think, not over rated! over rated coaches have got be that dude in colorado, i forgot his name, he has a team that could coach itself.

  7. Bigman says:

    sorry MacT isnt under rated he’s just a good coach with the respect he deserves

  8. Tradedude says:

    i know i know, i deserve the bashing, i had to put someone there, what would your top 5 under and overrated coaches be>?

  9. Tradedude says:

    I really think Cassidy is a very good coach, for a starter. He’s my favourite coach as we speak, I really believe he can make something out of the Caps, dont get me wrong here, im no Capital fan here, just a big fan of Cassidy, not sure how u say it, either (Cass-ihh-die) or (Cass-ihh-dee)

    And you guys are right about judging him to early, but gotta admit, he’s doing good. I messed up MacTavish and Keenan, Keenan was #5 in OVER-RATED, not underrated, and MACTAVISH was #5 in under-rated, yah! so i deserve the crap there, lol.

    And for Quinn, he never ever puts up a good line-up. he plays the players who he thinks SHOULD be the better ones, not the players who ARE ACTUALLY better, eddy belfour anyone, reichel, lumme, uhh lets see, HOGLUND FOR SURE. im suprised he moved a young player up the chain, mccauley, unstead of veterans, veterans and what not?

  10. MossRocks says:

    Good points – the Leaf crackpots are losing their minds over Quinn. He may be an average GM at best (big payroll, questionable moves, few prospects) but he is a proven coach.

    Although I hate to watch his style, Hitch***** is an excellent coach and he always gets results.

    What about Keenan as under-rated? That is a laugher.

  11. Leaf_Expert says:

    Pat Quinn,

    Da matha F.uckin best deeamn coach der is!!!!!!!!!

  12. mikster says:

    …watch the language…

  13. aaron says:

    Ok, I’ve got a beef w/ Leaf bashers. So far, you have bashed their goaltending, coaching, GM, players, depth, prospects, and the facial expression on the fan in the 10th seat of the 3rd row of section C210.

    Now, my question is: if their goalie sucks, GM sucks, coach sucks, and players suck, HOW THE HELL DID THE PUT UP A 100 POINT SEASON AND MAKE THE CONFERENCE FINALS W/ HALF THEIR ROSTER INJURED???? I mean, did God reach down and levitate a team among the dregs of the league to an overall performance better than every team except Detroit and Colorado?

    Insane. I hate the Leafs as much as the next guy, but let’s be realistic. SOMETHING on that team has to be good.

  14. saiklo says:

    Why didn’t he get a “strike”?

  15. Tradedude says:

    Ok. i have absolutely NO IDEA WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT. DID I EVER MENTION THE TEAM SUCKS. I SAID HOGLUND AND LUMME ARENT THAT GREAT! AND WHO MENTIONED THAT THE GM SUCKS? I THINK YOU GOT THE WRONG GUY HERE. IM TRADE DUDE, NOT TRADE MAN! ANOTHER THING, JUST CUZZ I DONT LIKE THE WAY THE COACH (QUINN) coaches, doesnt mean i hate the leafs, im a basher, or a disser. infact! im a huge fan of the leafs. only team in the nhl that i am a fan of. sundin mogilny tucker renberg mccauley roberts corson mccabe kaberle svehla pilar colaiacovo fitzgerald antropov belfour kidd ????? and your saying the leafs have no depth! if u ask me, we have more depth than colorado dallas, oh and maybe even detroit, i cant belive u leaf bashers! not only u aaron, especially that nothingman guy. he still doesnt know what country he lives in. and yes! 100 point season is good! not BAD! get that in your head too. as for ur facial expression, your probably laughing it up cheering against the leafs. cuzz u dont know shit about the leafs. ok u got it all screwed up here, your saying:

    1) belfour and kidd sucks (dude! look at there sp% and GAA, they are kicking ass this season, what are u talking about?)

    ur also saying:

    2) coaching is a no good no it all (riiiight! now just how the hell did quinn get the #1 coaching job for team canada and for some reason he sucks? what are you smoking?)

    3)another thing you have bashed is the GM, (well i guess mogilny, roberts, corson, green, belfour all of the sudden suck. they are the heart and soul of this team , guy! get it in ur head, plz)

    ur have also bashed the leafs for:

    4) all players sucking! now just how in the world do u get 100 points, semi-finals, top 4 teams, and they suck, wow! u must be really hard to impress)

    5)uve bashed there depth lack? (dont get me started on this. i already mentioned that they have of the best players in the game on there team CURRENT as we speak)

    6)uve bashed leafs prospects (well i guess that colaiacovo automatically suck now cuzz of the 1 pt he got in his 1st NHL game, not mentioning the 3 goals and 6 pts in the preseason to lead the team)

    7) let me get this straight ur bashing a fan in section C210 of 3rd row, hmmm….. i feel sorry for the guy that sits in that seat! getting bashed for taking your tickets or sumthing like that, ur picking a seat and bashing that faN, THAT COULD VERY WELL BE SOMEONES daughter, parent , grandma, grandpa, could even be some ass hole names aaron. says to speak.

    look! if ur gunna bash the leafs, plz, o plz get outta here, ive heard enough of ur bashing and hatred for the leafs! you make no Goddam sense.

  16. MantaRay says:

    I don’t know how Keenan can be under-rated. That is a laugher. Not that he is bad coach, because he does have a track record of results…just not in the past six years.

  17. Rico71 says:

    yeah…

    This idiot is going around the site and posting the most agreesive posts and nothing happens to him except…’watch the language’???

    C’mon now…do your job guys and ban this annoying crybaby already. I come here to have fun, not to suffer through his stupid immature antics.

  18. go_nucks_go says:

    i absolutely disagree w/ what u’re saying about keenan…. i’m not a big fan of his… but look @ the players that he recently coached… thornton and naslund…. u think he destroyed their confidence???… he simply challenged them and made them reach their potential… if not 4 keenan… i don’t think nazzy will be the nazzy we’re seeing rite now…..

  19. Aves21 says:

    Hey, Bob Heartly is a real good coach. We have made it to the conference finals or farther every year he has been behind the bench. Plus, he is a lot better than our old coach Mark Crawford.

  20. habsoverserver says:

    How could Therrien possibly be underrated?

    Therrien, whose name loosely translated means ‘the zero,’ is universally despised by Habs fans. Aside from losing a playoff series by mouthing off at a critical moment, his list of screwups is legendary. His team has neither a power play nor a penalty kill and gets outshot every night. He changes players on each line every night, often benching players for no reason. He has yet to motivate or inspire anyone. If not for stellar goaltending, Montreal would never win a game. I think that last seaon, the team listened to whatever Carbo said and ignored Therrien. If anyone reads the fan postings on faceoff.com they will see that everyone who loves the bleu blanc and rouge wants Therrien out.

  21. habsoverserver says:

    How could Therrien possibly be underrated?

    Therrien, whose name loosely translated means ‘the zero,’ is universally despised by Habs fans. Aside from losing a playoff series by mouthing off at a critical moment, his list of screwups is legendary. His team has neither a power play nor a penalty kill and gets outshot every night. He changes players on each line every night, often benching players for no reason. He has yet to motivate or inspire anyone. If not for stellar goaltending, Montreal would never win a game. I think that last seaon, the team listened to whatever Carbo said and ignored Therrien. If anyone reads the fan postings on faceoff.com they will see that everyone who loves the bleu blanc and rouge wants Therrien out.

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