Wanted: Young, bright, innovative mind to lead a promising NHL franchise…

With the playoffs fast approaching, the fans of the teams fighting for the last spots are sitting on the edge of their seats hoping their team can make one last push to secure a chance to compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

While those of us who have been eliminated (in my case since Halloween) sit and stew over what changes need to be made to our teams…With almost a full season of play under our belts with the new CBA it will be interesting to see what offseason changes are made in the coaching and front offices around the NHL.

As a result of the new CBA, more pressure has been placed on front office personnel to find the right talent on the free agent market, draft the hidden gem in the 4th round, and pick up players who can contribute and help win a Stanley Cup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have already fired coach Eddie Olyczk this year, have shown little improvement under Michel Therrien. Speculation is that general manager Craig Patrick’s tenure will not be allowed to continue after this season. While many have believed this is Mario’s decision, it is clear that Mario has turned his duties over to Ken Sawyer, a clear indication the team may be heading in an opposite direction.

Other teams such as Toronto, Boston, NYI, and New Jersey, could be considering coaching/gm changes. The Kings fired Andy Murray last week.

My question to all of you HTR’s readers is, what bright innovative hockey minds would become candidates to fill the open positions (general manager and coaching) that are created in the offseason??

And why do you think they would make great coaches or general managers…

71 Responses to Wanted: Young, bright, innovative mind to lead a promising NHL franchise…

  1. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I don’t care if the goals the Nucks scored were highlight reel (and that’s in your opinion only), it still went to a shootout and you guys did sneak the win out………And by the way, the Oil and Nucks are tied for points right now, with the Oil having one game in hand……..The Oil have as much, if not more, of a chance to make the playoffs than the Nucks. The Oilers will make the postseason, and you guys will be buying plaid shorts and gassing up the golf cart……..6-2, that’s just funny.

    GO OILERS GO!!!!

  2. UWSensFan says:

    Anyone with “Sutter” in their last name that played in the NHL would be a great addition to any NHL franchise, as well as Pat Burns (hope he’s doing better!), Paul Maurice (probably the best fit in TO now) and any of the gentlemen mentioned in above posts…but there’s one more that’s missing:

    Jari Curri

    Look at the job he did for Finland at the Olympics: one loss (granted, one of the worst to lose). Sure, he had an all-star team, but he’d be much like having Wayne Gretzky behind the bench

  3. paul_dc10 says:

    i love golf, and plad shirts and golf carts, this is great.oh tell me berts wasnt a highligh reel for the win off the post and in unreall. And isnt it past you bedtime

  4. nordiques100 says:

    somebody better hire dean lombardi soon. he was terrific in building the sharks.

    and bob francis is a decent coach out there. former coach of the year.

  5. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    how come noone mentioned me to be a gm 🙁 im a sad sad avalanche fan.

  6. TheFish12 says:

    Bright, young, innovative mind eh?

    So your probably looking for a man who can take a bottom feeding team and then through amazing drafting, shrewd trading an signing key UFA’s and turn them into division champs? How about leading a team to an NHL reccord 7 consecutive seasons of improved point totals. Impossible you say?

    How about Dean Lombardi? Absolutely brilliant hockey mind who has, unfairly, not been given a chance since getting canned by San Jose. I could see him in Boston, what with O’Connel now gone, or maybe in Long Island. He definently deserves to be more then just a scout

  7. guinsfan4life says:

    Great ideas everyone. What about names that people haven’t heard much of? I’ve heard about the Sutter’s and Dean Lombardi, who are the great minds out there that none of us have heard of?? Perhaps they are assistant GM’s….or directors of player development???

  8. oildude says:

    I hate to be negative here but I think we are too weak between the pipes to get anymore than 3 home games in the first round of the playoffs if we make it. Only Kevin Lowe knows who was available and at what price but I don’t think he would have had to sell the farm to get Biron. Roloson looks awfully shaky and slow. You watch the replays after he gets scored on and he looks like a fish outta water. I hope i’m wrong. Its too bad because other than goaltending this is the best team they’ve iced since 90.

  9. skandelousHABSfan says:

    From what i understand Brent isnt interested in leaving the Coach/GM job he has. He likes the WHL and junior hockey, plus he owns the team.

    He would no doubt be a great NHL coach, but he dosent really seem to have the interest to pursue a job.

  10. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    pretty sure hes still a scout with islanders. Ken Morrow. good for gm since he knows what he needs to build a team.

  11. Gretzkin says:

    You are totally right.

    Roloson has looked shaky, that’s for sure, but he hadn’t really played all that much before.

    I’m hoping he plays good enough down the stretch and thn catches fire.

    Thank god they didn’t go for Belfour!!!

  12. thatleafsguy says:

    I think Mark Messier would make a great GM, leadership starts from the top and funnels down. Messier is one of the best leaders of all time.

  13. poufro says:

    you are an idiot, why would ferguson get fired? he’s only doing what peddie tells him….

  14. goalieman32 says:

    what ever happened to kevin constintine? he did a good job with the pens but got the can for playing a less offencive style. maybe its time for a comeback.

  15. guinsfan4life says:

    He stayed around in pittsburgh for a while after he was fired. He coached the Pittsburgh Forge before taking a job coaching/general manager of the Everett Silvertips in the WHL.


  16. goalieman32 says:

    thanks for the info. he is still a very knowledgable coach and i would love to see himback in the berg

  17. Doctor says:

    Imagine Tampa Bay bombing to 10th place in the East in the next two weeks and Lecalvier, or one of the three just lets Tort’ have it. I would get a kick out of seeing Andrechuk replace Torty.

    I could see him going over to Louisiana and coaching the Blues. That is what he’s good for, giving a much needed kick in the butt.

  18. guinsfan4life says:

    One thing about Constantine is that he goes somewhere, wins and soon wears out his welcome. He must have a very demanding leadership style that wears on people after a time. He was with the Sharks for 2-3 years, Pens 2-3 years, Forge 2-3 years and now his next stop. He isn’t someone who stays where he is a long time.

  19. guinsfan4life says:

    Speaking of the lightinging, amid rumors they were attempting to unload St. Louis at the deadline, do you think they’d include him in a package for this year’s #1 draft pick if the pens were interested?? They’d probably have to take on some of his salary, as he makes close to the max, eh?

  20. goalieman32 says:

    but he wins where he goes. i had a couple of camps with him when he was in pittsburgh and he knows the game well and was always prepaired. spectacular coach and a nice guy to talk to. didn’t hilinca replace him because we had so many cechs?

    i know the forge folded (after winning the national championship). so it may have been for the players liking for him to leave the pens.

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