Thursday, February 28, 2008

Low blow

The National Post's Mark Spector was just on the radio here in Toronto and made a good point about the house cleaning the Senators had yesterday.

As in, there was another body moved out that no one's paid any attention to:
Ottawa assistant coach Ron Low also was fired yesterday.
Low was the team's goaltending coach for three years until this summer, when he was moved into the assistant's role. He was a netminder for 11 years in the NHL during his playing days.

From the Edmonton Journal on Dec. 30:
Emery wanted his own guy, Eli Wilson, to tutor him, and listened more to Wilson than Low. Now, Wilson is the Sens' goalie coach.
And even after the train wreck in the Senators crease this season, Wilson isn't going anywhere.

Ray Emery's getting an awful lot of say in who the organization's coaches are, and you wonder how Martin Gerber feels about being tutored by the other 'tender's guy.

And was Low moved out because of his dealings with the goaltender?

UPDATE Jim Kelley blames the owner for the mess in Ottawa.

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At 1:45 p.m., February 28, 2008, Blogger dfsdao said...

What Spector fails to mention is that Eli Wilson is working mostly with the AHL goaltenders, Jeff Glass and Brian Elliott.

Both are having good seasons for a very mediocre team.

But hey, any time anyone in the media has a chance to take a shot at Ray Emery.....

At 1:54 p.m., February 28, 2008, Blogger Darrell said...

Not to mention that Wilson runs a goalie camp that helps numerous NHL goalies (Carry Price, Tim Thomas). And Jeff Glass also went to Wilson's camps before he was hired by the Sens.

At 2:01 p.m., February 28, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

You also seem to assume that Low was somehow competent as a goaltender coach. The Sens didn't have strong goaltending when Low was coach, last year they made their run by simply scoring enough and preventing enough scoring chances to make goaltending an issue... until the finals.

At 2:07 p.m., February 28, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

So they promote him to an assistant coach?

At 2:19 p.m., February 28, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Being a bad goaltending coach has nothing to do with coaching the rest of the team. Low is obviously qualified for bench coaching, as shown by his work with Edmonton. There is a growing pool of goaltending coaches across the continent right now to draw from that is completely seperate and more specialized and innovative than someone like Low is.

I saw that move as a way to get Low away from the goalies, and into something more productive, rather than a promotion. Why he got fired yesterday I don't know, but a meddling owner and a free falling team is bound to claim casualties.

At 2:43 p.m., February 28, 2008, Blogger danae said...

Low never cracked .500 helming either the Oilers or the Rangers. Doesn't mean he's not a competent assistant coach, though. Murray may just want to wipe the slate clean of Paddock. Low may have been Paddock's choice and now is out as well.

At 4:05 p.m., February 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Low would have no trouble cracking .500 in today's NHL.

At 4:12 p.m., February 28, 2008, Anonymous said...

Here I thought only ownership groups were to blame for their team's woes, but apparently a single owner can screw up their team as well. Who would have thought.

At 4:45 p.m., February 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of note is that fact that Greg Carvel was Murray's assistant last year and was retained.

At 5:45 p.m., February 28, 2008, Anonymous bk said...

Low was awful as a goaltending coach here. He was responsible for Lalime, Prusek, Hurme, and very early Emery, all of whom were mediocre at best.

It baffled me when he got moved to assistant coach, but as someone said, maybe it was to get him away from the goalies.
And, as assistant coach, I'm not sure if special teams were his responsibility... but if they were, the PP numbers would be all the justification needed.

As a Sens fan, I'm glad he's out after inexplicably moving up in the organization for so long. (I'm actually happier about him leaving than about Paddock)

At 7:57 p.m., February 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Myre was responsible for Lalime, Hurme etc. as far as coaching them is concerned. But he was in town maybe a week in every month so let's not make Low/Wilson factor too big.

Low got fired because he was Muckler's guy.

As for Jim Kelley's rant I'd like to point that Kelley and Muckler are good friends from Buffalo.

I agree that getting team to the Stanley Cup is 29/30 success but Muck signed some horrible deals, too.

Corvo, Preissing, Gerber...

Owner Gene Melnyk is an idiot when he talks to media. He should just shut his yap about Stanley Cup quarantees and other b.s. that players on ice have to cash.


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