Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Wilson fired

No surprise here, but the Sharks fired coach Ron Wilson earlier tonight. Here's San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy:
The dismissal of Sharks coach Ron Wilson comes as no stunner. As a regular season coach, he was great — and I do not use that word lightly. But in three of his four playoff trips, the Sharks were defeated by a lower-seeded team. On the fourth occasion, the Sharks were leading higher-seed Detroit before everything fell apart.

The franchise had to change the formula. Wilson was the most obvious move to make.
Wilson is the eighth most winning coach in NHL history, ahead of Jacques Martin, Jacques Lemaire, Pat Burns, Toe Blake, Ken Hitchcock, Roger Neilson and Jack Adams. He's never won the Stanley Cup, however, and his teams have a history of terrific regular seasons and losing to lower seeds some the postseason.

My thoughts on Wilson from last week. The Sharks become the sixth team with a coaching vacancy, meaning we could see some new faces join the ranks.

Which of Bob Hartley, Joel Quenneville, Wilson, John Paddock or Paul Maurice returns to the NHL next season?
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7 Comments:

At 1:13 AM, May 13, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Quenneville and Wilson. For bonus points, I will say Quenneville in San Jose and Wilson in Florida.

For the super bonus, I will also predict that Kevin Dineen has a head coaching gig somewhere next season, and that he does well.

 
At 1:24 AM, May 13, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Dineen will get a job at some point, but that DUI two years ago has held him back to a certain extent.

If they win the Calder Cup, he'll be a serious candidate for one of the jobs once again.

 
At 1:48 AM, May 13, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

When breaking the news, James Dutchie said he got the feeling interviewing Wilson last year that he might retire after the San Jose gig was over. Just something to think about.

Roy is a definite possibility for the Avalanche gig... with Giguere in Quebec right now for the World Championships, you know he's going to at least kick the tires.

Quennville to San Jose makes some sense, but I still think Pat Burns is the guy to get the job done there. As demanding as he is, he is a player's coach in a way a lot of those types aren't.

Also don't be surprised if Pat Quinn gets some calls again.

Will any non-North American coaches get any consideration anywhere? Probably not, but at some point, it'll happen again.

 
At 1:50 AM, May 13, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Wilson is 52 years old and feels he has something to prove. He'll also be sought-after given all of the openings.

He's not retiring.

 
At 1:56 AM, May 13, 2008, Anonymous cynical joe said...

and feels he has something to prove.

Well, he's right, he does have something to prove and until he does he shouldn't be mentioned with the upper tier coaches.

 
At 12:09 PM, May 13, 2008, Anonymous Karina said...

Maybe it's my inner cynic coming out, but doesn't your description of Ron Wilson sound like he's a match made in heaven for MSLE? Great regular seasons with little playoff success... *sigh*. Though I wouldn't mind him coaching the blue & white, but that's probably because I wouldn't mind there being anyone ready to work for this team next year.

 
At 12:43 PM, May 13, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Maybe it's my inner cynic coming out, but doesn't your description of Ron Wilson sound like he's a match made in heaven for MSLE? Great regular seasons with little playoff success... *sigh*.

I thought the Leaf's MO was poor regular seasons and no playoffs? Going back to when they made the playoffs, I always felt that Pat Quinn's teams overachieved, fighting injuries and more-talented opposition to win rounds.

 

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