Tuesday, February 26, 2008

TSN: Paddock on the outs

I've been hearing rumblings of discontent with Senators coach John Paddock for months now out of Ottawa, and TSN's reporter Brent Wallace just said on air that he is on the way out the door.

GM Bryan Murray, who coached this team to the Stanley Cup finals last season, would likely take over behind the bench.

Darren Dreger said rumours were flying last night after an ugly 5-0 loss to the Leafs that Paddock could be fired, something that is likely music to the ears of a lot of Senators fans who have been calling for his head since a seven-game winless streak that ended in early December.

Let's just say there's no shortage of "fire Paddock" matches on Google.

Ottawa's 11-12-2 since Jan. 1. Toronto's gone 12-12-1, Tampa Bay is 10-9-4 and the Kings are 12-10-2 over that same stretch.

UPDATE The best answer so far in the "other" category: "I support the Sens having incompetent coaching."

Good stuff.



At 10:24 a.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Matt said...

About time!!! Paddock's record this year is grossly inflated by the 16-3 start the team had to start the year. Since then, they've been average at best. When you've got a roster that's so talented with all the pieces in place and they are playing .500 hockey, you have to look behind the bench and I'm sure Murray has some serious questions to be asking.

I wouldn't be shocked to see Paddock given his walking papers.

At 10:29 a.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Sean said...

Do you make that move now, or wait until the post-season is closer? If you do it now, don't you risk the shock wearing off before the games start to matter?

At 10:39 a.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) A coach is only as smart as his goaltending allows. Since his hot start Gerber has been ordinary. Amazing how great a coach Paddock was back then! LOL

At 10:40 a.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paddock's biggest mistake was to talk too much about "final hangover". Sens took no time off in the summer and came in to training camp in great shape.

That's supposed to be a good thing and 16-3 start even better but human body and mind can only take so much.

Sens are dead tired physically and mentally (and tired of Paddock calling them out after every game -win or lose) when Anaheim is just hitting stride after good rest in the summer and mediocre start for the season.

Ps. How many time assistant coaches do well when promoted within a same team?

At 11:47 a.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paddock is an absolute dud as a coach. He has no emotion, no communication skills, and all the personality of a lab technician. He also doesn't strike me as being a Mensa member either. He brings nothing to the table as an NHL coach, as was evidenced by his last stint in Winnipeg, and the long break between NHL jobs after that.

What kills me is that Ottawa missed out on an opportunity to bring in either Hitchcock or Andy Murray when those two guys were coaching free agents. Andy Murray is an absolute master at doing more with less -- can you imagine what he could do with a lineup this talented? Hitch would have these guys playing much better D also. Instead, we got Bryan Murray, and then his sad faced assistant Paddock. Great.


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