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Not The Way To Fire A Coach

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The response I got to Gallant's firing from team executives and coaches around the league was a universal shaking of the head. A coach who was nominated for the Jack Adams Award last season is gone just 22 games into the 2016-17 campaign -- while his team is over .500 and has battled key injuries since the get-go.

The fact that photos surfaced of Gallant having to hail his own cab in Raleigh, N.C., after being told he was fired -- well, that just adds to the level of outrage for many.

I suspect that Gallant knew from the moment former GM Dale Tallon was "promoted'' to president of hockey operations last spring that he was on the clock. Gallant had been Tallon's coach. And now Tallon had been punted from the day-to-day hockey decision-making.

You can't fire a coach right after he's been nominated for coach of the year, can you? But the Panthers canned Gallant. For no justifiable reason.


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Paul's avatar

The Panthers are doing a media conference right now…

Frank Seravalli tweet,

Rowe on Gallant at the curb: “We wanted to get Gerard away from the locker room. The optics, we handled as best we could given situation.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/28/16 at 02:46 PM ET


VGKGMGM will probably hire him

Posted by bsalamon on 11/28/16 at 04:04 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Wayne Gretzky once famously referred to the N.J. Devils as a “...Mickey Mouse organization…”

It’s a shame that Spuddy took the fall for what appears to be a organization ..Mickey Mouse esque in its operation.

I hope the Analytics gurus in charge there,  analyze themselves right out of existence…......

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/28/16 at 04:10 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Added to this, Dale Tallon is a TOOL. From playing days to sitting in a cushy chair.

If every team hovering around .500 fired their coach today, a lot of coaches would be “hailing cabs”“

Glad they removed the VP title, your probably next Dale

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 11/28/16 at 05:46 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Bob McKenzie with his take on this.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/28/16 at 06:17 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

What jerks firing Spuds. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 11/28/16 at 06:36 PM ET


OK I get it but I’d be picking him up and put him in charge of the Wings PP.  The Wing Ding coaching our PP should be out on the street and hailing a cab.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 11/29/16 at 12:37 AM ET

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