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#1 Apr 9, 2010
Please don't disrespect Hitch by comparing Noel to him. Hitch is a hall-of-fame coach that took this exact same team to their only playoff appearance before the team quit on him. It is only after Hitch was thrown under the bus did the player decide to make an effort. Before you make Noel the next Scotty Bowman, the team is still a .500 team. And keep in mind, teams oftern play better after a major shakeup and their opponents often take them lightly, just look how many times played their backup goalie against the Jackets. But again, the Dispatch needs to promote their investment so you can't expect them to be honest about the state of this team....
#2 Apr 9, 2010
Couldn't agree more. The Dispatch boys have been instructed to promote Noel, the low cost alternative. Which is what this team has always been about. The low cost alternative.
#3 Apr 9, 2010
Teams play better after a major shake up for a couple games. This team and the young players have kept responding well after the shake up. Is Noel the answer? Don't know but you can't argue with how the team has responded. Whine all you want about saying the team quit on Hitch but that is just a sign of poor management. Not the players.
#4 Apr 9, 2010
Whether or not the players really "quit", the characteristics of a great coach is one who can motivate and manage their players through thick and thin and push each to their potential. With Hitch, the simple fact was that the things that he did as a coach that made him so successful in the past weren't working anymore and a change had to be made.
The case for Noel is simple. 1)We already hired and fired perhaps one of the most successful coaches (Hitch) in the NHL and we all know how that turned out, 2)Noel is getting a response from the players like no other coach we've had with maybe the exception of Dave King, 3)Even the great coaches had to start somewhere. Sure I'd like to see Dineen come back to Columbus but why ruin the momentum by replacing Noel with another successful AHL-level coach. Taking a chance on Noel is just as risky as hiring anyone else and I'd hate to see the CBJ let him go.
#5 Apr 9, 2010
If success is 10-9-5 move the team now.
#6 Apr 9, 2010
Coaching is not the highest priority concern of this organization. What CBJ lacks is consistency, continuity, and high standards. Until your ownership and GM commit to a "building" stragegy, coaches will come and go, as will players, and mediocrity (or worse) will be the norm. One could make a strong argument that it "is the norm" in Columbus now.
If the strategy is to "make money", you will be a loser.(See Bud Selig/Milwaukee Brewers example)
If the strategy is to "win now", you buy veteran players you can't afford, change your chemistry. Don't think CBJ has this risk profile (or pocketbook). Not sure your goaltending is up to the task.(Your defense is certainly not)
If the strategy is to "build" a winner, I would suggest CBJ start by having some commitment and continuity. This would support the case for Claude Noel. He likely "wants" to be in Columbus. He has at least 3 years in the organization. He has "won" the confidence of your "future" players. He understands and can teach young players, and is not unwilling to play them.(Hitchcock's achilles heel)
The case against Noel is you start over in training camp, and potentially set the team back more (new system, philosophy, unfamiliarity with players in the system.)
The real issue is one of expectations. Who in their right mind would look at this team and project them to consistently "win" in the Western Conference next season? Perhaps only Claude Noel.
You may be able to find a "better" coach. You could certainly find a worse coach (odds would favor this in the CBJ history)
The real work that needs to be done in CBJ is in the roster. You do not have enough skill/speed to win consistently. Your defense needs serious attention...and your goaltender needs confidence.
The question is can Claude Noel shore up your defense/goaltender long enough to buy your GM time to get better defensive talent?
#7 Apr 9, 2010
I'm looking forward to another year of the same old crap. Anyone who wants to coach this team should have their head examined.
The real season starts next week, and I ain't talkin 'bout golf.
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