And after procrastinating as long as possible here is the final post with this years Break it Down series. The rest can be found here.
Last year I commented on how I didn’t like the hiring of Quinn and would have preferred to see Renney hired, so I guess a year later it worked out for me. I just can’t stand to see a guy roll the lines at this level. They just get eaten alive.
Also, how shitty was it that Tippett got fired a couple weeks after we found our guys. That would be a killer coach.
As for Tambellini, I am kind of happy with the past year. But there are still issues that need to be figured out.
As mentioned above, I don’t see how a guy can be considered a NHL head coach when he’s not willing to line match. It boggles the mind. Any opposition coach has a field day in scenarios like that.
But that said, we are now heading into the new season with Renney as the head coach, and Krueger, Smith and Buchberger as assistants. Or associates. Whatever the difference is. Anyways, instantly I like this move better as there will be line matching, and Renney did a good job with the Rangers until the players started tuning him out (much the same style of coach as Mac-T so the rest of you will hate him).
The assistant coaches…well I have no idea. I’m not a fan of Buchberger as a coach, although supposedly the players like him. Smith seems a weird hire. And Krueger I have never heard of before and don’t even know how to spell his name.
But all in all I like the coaching better now that Quinn is gone.
This I’m not so sure about. We hired a new assistant GM, however his only role seems to be to take care of OKC (which is a good thing) but honestly Tambellini can use the help. Or at least someone to say “DON’T FUCKING SIGN KHABIBULIN!”.
Tambellini has done some real good things this off-season. Getting rid of some terrible contracts, ridding ourselves of some bad players, some decent signings in there, all in all a pretty productive summer. If he can get rid of Souray now (and I like telling him to not show up…good stuff) then it will have been an A++ summer.
Its just the shit-show that is Khabibulin. How can they say that he is our MVP? How can they still like this contract? Does anyone think its a good deal other than him?
Also, why not a 3rd line center and a defensive defenseman? I realize that we want to give the kids a shot, but don’t we still want to be competitive?
All in all I think this year is way stronger in the coaching department, and Tambellini seems to be getting better at the job (at least he’s doing something). That said, if by the end of camp he signs two players (as mentioned above) and gets rid of Souray then I’ll say this guy is awesome.