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by Paul on 06/14/10 at 11:17 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
“Not much going on from my perspective ... the trend right now is to hire younger coaches,” said MacTavish, 52. “Look at the job Danny Bylsma did in Pittsburgh, and Joe Sacco had a tremendous year in Colorado ... whether they can sustain it is the true measure, but it’s opened a lot of people’s eyes to the attributes of youth.”
NHL teams seem to want fresh faces. Guy Boucher, who just got the Tampa Bay job, is 38. David Payne in St. Louis is 39. Cory Clouston in Ottawa and Byslma are 40. Sacco is 41. Todd McLellan of San Jose and Peter DeBoer of Florida are 42, Todd Richards of Minnesota is 43. New Columbus coach Scott Arniel is 47.
“Generally, older coaches have a degree of failure on their record and younger coaches don’t. It’s a trade-off between experience and the hardening of the job,” said MacTavish, who has coached 656 NHL games, but now has a seat towards the back of the bus. So does former Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock, who is now an “advisor” with the Blue Jackets as he plays out the final two seasons of his $1.3-million-a-year deal there.
Both guys would like another shot, but they will have to wait for the coaching carousel to turn once the season starts again.
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