Monday, June 16, 2008

Lightning pursues Tocchet

Adding to the almost certainty that Barry Melrose will be the next Lightning coach is this: the team apparently has asked for permission to speak to Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet about joining Tampa Bay. Neither the Lightning, incoming owner Oren Koules nor the Coyotes are talking, so it is unclear if Phoenix granted permission or if the sides already have spoken.
Tampa Bay could officially become the NHL's top sideshow next season.

Maybe they'll sign Sean Avery, too?

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At 12:54 p.m., June 16, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

If the Isles bring Yashin back, they'll re-take their long standing hold as the league's sideshow regardless of the Melrose coaching staff (Wes Walz has been asked to be an assistant there as well).

At 2:21 p.m., June 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Tampa can sign Yashin? They did say they'd be active in the free agent market...

At 2:53 p.m., June 16, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Well, the nice thing about being a sideshow is that when things blowup, there's a disposable GM in Feaster to dump the blame on.

I doubt he survives the season.

At 4:39 p.m., June 16, 2008, Blogger cat said...

Like him or not James, "Sideshow Sean" (my apologies to the original Sideshow Bob) had a positive impact on the Rangers whenever he was in the lineup. Chew on your words slowly when he re-signs with the Blueshirts and/or gets a big salary bump from another club. (Your "Fat Marty" mancrush is showing)

At 4:45 p.m., June 16, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I'm afraid I didn't even say anything negative about Avery, so I'm not sure what you're blithering about.

At 12:55 p.m., June 17, 2008, Blogger cat said...

Sorry James, my "mancrush" must have been showing......

At 1:00 p.m., June 17, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

Coaching is good for maybe a few wins either way in the NHL, but that's about it. These guys are pros and grown men, so there is a finite limit as to what a coach can do to teach and motivate them. Put another way, does anyone really think that Mike Babcock would have had much more success than Tortorella did with that roster? Sure, maybe he battens down the hatches defensively and squeezes out a few more wins, but that's about it.

Perhaps a better example is in Vancouver. Vigneault wins coach of the year in '07, but in '08 is faced with a raft of injuries, a lack of scoring, and an ever so slightly diminished performance from Luongo. As a result, the Canucks drop about 15 points, and miss the playoffs. Does that make Vigneault a worse coach? Hardly. One could argue that he did an even better job this past season, keeping a patchwork lineup with precious little scoring touch in the playoff hunt right up to the end.

It really comes down to your roster, and the job that your GM and scouts are doing. Once Tampa has retooled, they can think about getting a real coach, but until then it really doesn't matter whether Tortorella, Melrose, or Daffy Duck is behind the bench.


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