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 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?
The other reason is the one discussed here earlier, MacLean’s notorious inclination to micro-manage.