Thursday, December 21, 2006

Who's on the hot seat?

The Globe and Mail's team of web staffers came up with a neat idea for the site whereby reporters and columnists cast votes for which coaches they think are on the 'hot seat' each week.

Week No. 2's results went up this morning, and it seems The Great One is feeling the heat. (I voted for Murray, Tortorella and Vigneault.)


At 3:48 p.m., December 21, 2006, Anonymous Darren said...

Vigneault? Obviously you've got a lot more sources than the average fan (being me), but I think he's doing a great job with what he's got on hand. It's not his fault that the team's not scoring.

The team's getting chances--they're 12th in shots on goal. Plus the PK is much improved--5th in the league. They're working hard every night, and have had more come from behind victories already this season than they had all of last year.

Understand that I'm not claiming the team is good--just that the coach isn't to blame for their current problems. Hopefully Nonis understands that too, and makes player changes before coaching changes.

At 4:31 p.m., December 21, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I think that, given the style of play Vigneault is using, along with the new ownership group coming in, combined with fans losing interest in the team, something's got to give there. Fans in Vancouver have grown used to watching, if not a winning team, then at least an entertaining one, and this year, Vigneault's giving them neither. If the Canucks fall to 10th or 11th over the next few weeks, I could see a scenario where his seat gets even hotter. (Although, admittedly, there's probably a greater chance Gretzky steps down than Vigneault.)

At 4:43 p.m., December 21, 2006, Anonymous Karina said...

I dunno, while I agree completely that there's not enough talent on the Canucks to win on a consistent basis, I don't think Vigneault is really using what he has either. Some nights Alex Burrows, he of the 3 goals which were all called back, plays more than Markus Naslund! Naslund can sometimes be a defensive liability, but that doesn't explain why the Sedins, near the top of the league in points, are near the bottom in ice time.

At 4:58 p.m., December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vigneault should be coach of the year. His $6M goalie lets in Fuhr-like soft goals nearly every game. Naslund and Morrison are proving that Bertuzzi was the key to their line. The Sedin Sisters have gone back to cycling the puck in the corner. The back-end lost a world-class puck-rusher in Jovo, replaced by a bunch of kids better suited for the Manitoba Moose. And the rest of the team assembled by Nonis has AHL-level scoring talent. Yet the Canucks
are a win out of first in their, albeit crappy, division. Oh it's boring hockey, I'll grant you that. And callers to AM Radio always want somebody fired or traded. But this team has absolutely no business being anywhere near the playoffs, yet here we are. If Vigneault tried to run-and-gun with this collection of lazy no-talents, the Canucks would be losing 6-1 every night.
Not that he won't get fired anyway, because that's the way pro sports works. But it won't be justifiable.

At 6:50 p.m., December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off Luongo has played well.

Bad signs for Vigneault:
1. Almost all the players are below their historical average scoring rates. So either Nonis bought all his players low (that is to say all their historical averages overstate their actual skill) or Vigneault's shoot first ask questions later tactics don't produce goals.

2. He's still line juggling (he still doesn't know what works) and this is affecting both players confidence and ability to make things work via practice.

Sedin PP combinations:
Naslund: 63%
Pyatt: 28%
Linden: 11%
Note doesn't sum to 100% due to forward replacing defense.

At 9:16 a.m., December 22, 2006, Blogger PPP said...

Murray has to be feeling the heat after last night's loss. This was a team that was supposed to 'get it together' and 'start rolling' and 'shake off the cobwebs' but they are currently in last place in the Northeast.

And yes, I am revelling in the fact.


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