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by Paul on 04/25/11 at 02:14 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
As Roberto Luongo was pulled in Game 5 of Vancouver’s unbelievably-tied series with Chicago, I sent an email to four different NHL GMs asking how the process would work in their organizations for selecting a Game 6 starter.
Three replied. (When I start carving a GM for no good reason, you’ll know who the fourth was.) Their answers were borderline identical.
All said the final decision belongs to the coach. One wrote, “I would raise the subject if I felt it necessary or appropriate…However, I would never tell him he HAD to make a change.”
As for what they’d expect their coach to do in a similar circumstance, the typical answer was, as one replied, “Always go with your top dog unless you lose total confidence in him.”
That’s where we are with Alain Vigneault. Sunday’s stunner—inserting Cory Schneider for Roberto Luongo—indicates exactly that: he’s lost confidence in his ex-captain. From Vigneault proclaiming Luongo the starter three days beforehand to witnessing what other coaches did with their own beleaguered goalies, well, it’s wilder than Randy Carlyle asking both his guys to leave the morning skate at the same time in the 2006 Western Conference final.
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