Thursday, August 07, 2008

Paddock named Phantoms coach

Former Senators coach John Paddock, fired late in the 2007-08 season, has been hired on to coach the Flyers' AHL affiliate Philadelphia Phantoms.

Paddock replaces Craig Berube, who was promoted to an assistant coach with the Flyers.

While he is not likely to ever get another NHL head coaching job after the mess in Ottawa, Paddock is one of the most successful AHL coaches ever, and has won three Calder Cups as a coach with three different teams. He'll be a good fit with the Phantoms, who had a very strong team last season but lost a few key parts.

Berube, meanwhile, has to be one of the more unlikely candidates to have what's turning into a pretty solid coaching career. The former enforcer is seventh in career NHL penalty minutes.

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At 12:35 a.m., August 08, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

While he is not likely to ever get another NHL head coaching job after the mess in Ottawa...

I dare say that Paddock's future (to some extent, anyway) is based on how Ottawa plays this season. If the team falls short yet again, the question becomes how much of the mess was Paddock's fault, and how much should be put at Bryan Murray's feet.

At 9:50 a.m., August 08, 2008, Anonymous Conrad said...

Paddock always seemed to be treating his players like children while he was in Ottawa. The stern father act probably works in the minors, but I think having a coach who respects his players and their talent is probably a better idea at the pro level.

I think Murray is trying to affect a culture change in Ottawa, and with Redden, Emery and McGratton out, this team has an entirely different personality.

At 10:01 a.m., August 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bryan Murray is selling this b.s. about bad acts and stinky room but those same guys went all the way to Stanley Cup final.

Paddock will never coach in the NHL again and same can be said about Bryan Murray. Maybe it's all Ray Emery's fault? Yeah, right.


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