Friday, November 17, 2006

Hitchcock leery of joining Jackets

David Shoalts has had a pretty good beat on the Columbus coaching situation the past few days, and today at Globe on Hockey he offers some insight into what Ken Hitchcock is thinking about all the talk that has him moving into the team's head coaching position:
There are two reasons for Hitchcock’s reticence. The biggest is the sorry state of the franchise and the growing likelihood MacLean will be fired at the end of the season, if not before. No coach, even if he is currently unemployed, wants to be left in that situation, contemplating the arrival of a new GM who had no hand in hiring him.

The other reason is the one discussed here earlier, MacLean’s notorious inclination to micro-manage.
The thing is, Hitch can pretty much pick and choose whatever team he wants to go to next season — and there's surely going to be openings with some of the high-profile teams mired at the bottom of the standings at the moment. Why sign on in Ohio when a job in Ottawa might open up a few months down the road?


At 5:43 p.m., November 17, 2006, Blogger TreeBob said...

"Why jump ship to Ohio when a job in Ottawa might open up a few months down the road? "

The boys on the Team 1200 alluded to the same thing during the afternoon show on Thursday.

At 6:18 p.m., November 17, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I just realized 'jump ship' didn't really make sense at all... ah, the good ol' edit button.

At 4:47 p.m., November 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why jump ship to Ohio when a job in Ottawa might open up a few months down the road? "

There are a few valid reasons why Ohio would be better than Ottawa.

I am hoping that this commentary is not a shot on Columbus or the CBJ roster, but a shot at the GM. The GM is a pain in the arse and his ego is tough to swallow in Columbus. While Dougy has seemed to draft well, his finished product of players surrounding the young talent has been mediocre at best.

The core of the CBJ roster is pretty well set for the next 3-4 years with its younger players (Maybe I am overvaluing the younger CBJ talent versus the Ottawa talent). Can Ottawa say the same thing? Will there be another loss of talent, due to free agency next year in Ottawa? Will the players in Ottawa, who have had some success in the past, be willing to do a "180" and start playing a system built on defense first and succumbing to Hitchcock's will?

I dont really care if Hitchcock comes to Columbus or not, but there are some valid reasons that the CBJ would be a bettter destination than Ottawa. It is a chance to groom a team into a winner...not takeover a team that has consistently been the Atlanta Braves of the NHL.


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