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from Bill Beacon of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Patrick Roy should weigh what he would give up against what he would gain if he decides to leave a sweet set-up in junior hockey to become an NHL coach, according to Dale Hunter, a man who knows both ends of that situation.
For Roy, it would mean leaving a club he has built into a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League power since retiring from a Hall of Fame goaltending career.
“To coach in the NHL is a privilege,” Hunter said Sunday at the Bionest Centre, where his London Knights are competing in the Mastercard Memorial Cup. “But Patrick has to do what’s best for him and his family.
“It’s a challenge, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s the top league in the world. It’s fun coaching elite players. If you’re ready to make the commitment, you should go.”
read on from more from Hunter on a few topics…
Dale Hunter didn’t do anything more with the Capitals than Bruce Boudreau did, aside from further neuter an offensive juggernaut and void their status as a team that’s fun to watch. So if you’re the Vice President and GM George McPhee, why have him back? Why not let him keep his dignity, allow him to say “I’m stepping down to spend more time with my family and work on the family business,” and go about replacing him with a coach that can help this team win more than 50% of their games in the Southeast division?
The fun part about being a blogger is getting to completely speculate on stuff like this, which I’ve taken the liberty to do here in a major way.
-Justin Bourne of The Score where you can read more on this theory…
from Tarik El—Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Dale Hunter informed Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee during a meeting this morning that he will be stepping down as head coach.
“This was a tough decision,” Hunter said Monday. “It was the right thing for me and my family.”
Hunter had presided over the Capitals since Nov. 28, when he replaced Bruce Boudreau, who was fired. Hunter racked up a 37-37 record (including overtime, shootout losses and playoff games) and directed Washington within a game of advancing to the franchise’s first Eastern Conference finals berth in 14 years.
“Dale and I met about 10 o’clock and he let me know that he will not be able to return as the coach,” McPhee said, speaking on breakdown day at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “He’s going to head back to London [Ontario]. I guess we’re all fathers and sons and husbands first before anything else, and if we have our priorities right in this life, family comes first. And Dale needs to go home.”
added 3:25pm, from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press,
from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,
This, Dick Hunter admits, has been one of the more unforgettable winters.
“Of all the years we’ve farmed, I’ve never seen anything like it,” the patriarch of the puck-chasing Hunter hockey clan said from his house right off the 80 highway out near Petrolia. “We hardly had any snow. Saturday was pretty crazy around here but that’s about it. We plant the winter wheat and the snow usually covers it like a blanket.
“Now, you just don’t know how it’s going to turn out.
“It’s gambling here. You don’t have to go to Vegas.”
It might’ve been worth a Sin City side trip to check odds on one of Dick Hunter’s sons—Dale—leaving the London Knights in midseason to try to straighten out the Washington Capitals while younger brother Mark takes over the No. 1 team in the Canadian Hockey League and has managed to keep them there.
“It’s been exciting,” said Dick Hunter, who turned 76 last week. “I’m not surprised at all (by Dale landing in Washington). He was waiting. Him and (Caps GM) George McPhee are good friends.
“If it was anywhere else, I don’t know.”
...why would both sides agree to a contract that, according to multiple sources, expires at the end of this season?
For Hunter it’s a safety net. If he cannot rehabilitate the Capitals over the next four months, he’ll pack up his only suit, hop on a plane and return to his job as coach and co-owner of the Knights.
But if this was truly his “dream job” and the Capitals were the only NHL team he ever considered coaching, why wouldn’t Hunter ask for a contract for at least three years? Why not invest in the future of the franchise that supposedly means the world to you?
-Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington where you can read more on this topic.
From Jim Reyno at Metro London:
There’s been a lot of talk in hockey lately about concussions and their lingering effects, and whether it’s time fighting be banned from the game.
“I don’t know about that,” said Dale Hunter, owner and coach of the London Knights. “It’s in the rules — fighting has been part of hockey for 90 years.”
For 19 of those years, Hunter was a willing participant in that part of hockey in the NHL. Just 5-foot-10 but 200 pounds, in many ways Hunter was a concussion on skates, throwing his weight around (as well as a few lefts and rights) on his way to accumulating 3,563 penalty minutes — second all-time behind Tiger Williams. Consider him an expert on rugged play.
continued… with discussion specific to OHL matters and head shots
from Japers’ Rink,
This morning I noted that “On this date back in 1998, Dale Hunter had three helpers and reached the 1,000 point plateau, becoming the first - and still only - player in NHL history with 1,000 points and 3,000 PIMs in a career.”
Maruk commented that Huntsy may be the only member to ever enter that exclusive club, and while you never say never… he’s probably right. A quick glance at the active Top 100 in points and PIMs makes you realize that it’s unlikely anyone currently playing is going to reach the double milestone, but let’s take a look at just how unlikely.