Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/29/09 at 08:58 PM ET
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province via Faceoff.com,
If the Canucks don’t win the Stanley Cup this year, it’s not likely ever going to happen with Alain Vigneault as their head coach.
This may seem outlandish and ridiculous. But it’s the cold, harsh reality of NHL history.
A look at the past 82 Stanley Cup winners shows that only three times has a head coach been with a team for more than four years before winning a Cup. It suggests that if the chemistry between a coach and his team doesn’t result in a championship within four years, it’s not likely ever going to happen.
Think of it like a flipped hourglass which runs out of sand after that key fourth year.
The statistic may be numbing when you consider this is Vigneault’s fourth year at the helm in Vancouver.
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