Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hitchcock work with Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev

Can Hitchcock work with Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev? The two young Blue Jackets have a lot in common: high draft picks with high-priced, multi-year contracts, marketed as the future of the franchise—and a reluctance to play defense or team-oriented hockey, things Hitchcock insists upon.
“Hitchcock’s primary job…has to be to make this talented tandem into a dynamic duo,” wrote Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox. “More specifically, it’s to make them into impact players every night and two-way players on, well, many nights.”
Nash’s lack of production this year has been perplexing, while Zherdev has been a public whipping boy for poor defensive and selfish offensive play ever since he joined the team. Hitchcock’s last two teams, Philadelphia and Dallas, were veteran squads headed to the playoffs where the coach had little patience for youthful mistakes.
Hitchcock is known for wearing out his welcome quickly. Gallant was considered a player’s coach. His successor has no such reputation. Hitchcock’s teams play consistent, defensive (read: boring) hockey. Players accustomed to Columbus’s laid-back style, lack of pressure and on-ice freedom may eventually balk, especially if the wins don’t come in bunches.We will se I hope he can turn things around.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ken Hitchcock's coaching

Ken Hitchcock's coaching rule:
"We're on the 90-minute rule. Whatever happens to us, 90 minutes later we've moved on. There's no point in having any anger at anybody. We have to get better.
"It's the next day that makes a coach have longevity. The players have to know its okay and you're going to try and help them get better the next day."
We will see if they can look like a real team so far so good.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Doug MacLean must GO

Doug MacLean would not resign himself to losing one of his most talented players for the unforeseen future so he continued working the phones and eventually caved in and agreed to a deal with Zherdev. There are no take backs on Anson Carter contract, so, the Jackets have two pricey wingers for the next three years and little room to work with underneath the cap because of it.
While recently fired Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock comes to mind as a possible replacement others who should be on the short list include the always enigmatic Mike Keenan, former Bruins coach Mike Sullivan and very successful and much traveled Pat Quinn.
While Gallant may have recently paid the price for the Jackets poor start, Doug MacLean needs to make his next decision a good one otherwise he will be the next to go.I certainly hope so this all started with his poor trades and mismanagement.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Gerard Gallant Columbus Blue Jackets

Gerard Gallant was fired as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, less than 24 hours after the team dropped into last place in its division.
No replacement for Gallant was announced. Columbus next plays at home Wednesday night against Nashville.
The 43-year-old Gallant had a record of 56-76-10 in one full season and parts of two others as the head coach of the Blue Jackets. They fell to 5-9-1-0 this season after Sunday night's 1-0 loss at Chicago.
"Unfortunately, we have not gotten off to the start we expected this season and while there are always a multitude of factors involved, we felt a change was needed," general manager Doug MacLean said. Ok lets blame the coach for the players not scoring goals ,MacLean needs to look in the mirror if he wants to fire someone.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Blue Jackets Foote, Fedorov, Modin and Anson Carter

The Blue Jackets went 35-43-4 last season, good for 74 points, the best record in the young franchise's history, and they are expecting to compete for a playoff berth this season with veterans such as Foote, Fedorov, Modin and Anson Carter, along with young talents Rick Nash, David Vyborny, Duvie Westcott and Pascal Leclaire.
Columbus defenseman Adam Foote, right, missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993-94 last season, his first with the Blue Jackets. "We're right there; it's just a matter of when the trigger's going to go off," Foote said.
Adam Foote hadn't played for a team with a losing record since his third season in the NHL.
It previously happened in 1993-94, with the Quebec Nordiques. No way they make it they have only won 1 game in the last 7 as their coach says we play soft.The fourth line is the only line that consistently don't turn out of their checks.