Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Lame duck Paddock

Critics say if New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello can fire Claude Julien and take over behind the bench as he did with a week to go before the playoffs last season — even though the team was leading its division — then Murray would be more than justified in doing the same here. Especially after what he did with the team as coach in 2006-07.

If the team continues to flounder, the pressure for Murray to take over might get unbearable for both him and Paddock.
Adami goes onto say that a move will be made in a couple of weeks, but the writing's already all over the wall. It's hard to imagine a more public platform for a coach to be canned in the press than on trade deadline day, when everyone's watching, and the only way speculation will stop is if this team goes on a torrid winning streak, beginning tomorrow in Philadelphia.

Given the two eggs they just laid against Toronto and Boston, however, that's unlikely. A lot more unlikely than John Paddock sticking around a couple more weeks.

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At 12:40 p.m., February 27, 2008, Blogger Bill Needle said...

Who's trying to can the coach, the press, the players or the GM? The players send the signal that they have no faith in the coach by abandoning ship in the game just prior to the deadline. Then they show they have no faith in the management when they lay an egg in the game after the deadline. The players realize the GM did nothing to address its weakest link — goaltending.
All the press is doing is reporting the obvious.

At 2:44 p.m., February 27, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

No way Paddock lasts another two weeks. If the Senators lose their next two, he'll be gone. Eugene Melnyk does not strike me as a patient man, and apparently he is a pretty hands-on owner. Even if Murray doesn't want to do it, the owner will force his hand.


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