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from Today's Slapshot,
Marc Crawford, head coach of the ZSC Lions of the National League A, took some time to email with Sean Tierney and had some interesting thoughts on the process of coaching, Auston Matthews and analytics. His answers are presented as-is.
ST: Rumours have swirled about the possibility of Auston Matthews playing in the NLA next season, possibly for your ZSC Lions. In your opinion, what are the advantages of playing internationally for a draft-eligible star like Matthews? Could a teenager succeed playing against men in the Swiss league?
MC: Auston Matthews is an outstanding young Hockey player and everyone involved with the ZSC Lions is so excited about seeing him play in Zurich.
There is no doubt that he can play and excell [sic] in the Swiss NLA and I believe it is the perfect training ground for young athletes. He will be coached by an NHL coach he will be challenged by playing against men in a fast skating, highly skilled league. He will learn what it is like to play the systems that will be utilized as he continues to rise up the hockey ranks.
He is a wonderful young man who wants to improve and we have an excellent record of development.
Ron Kenins developed with us and this year Jonas Sigenthaler and Denis Malgin both will get drafted because of our program.
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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The Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov reports two important items regarding the Florida Panthers' coaching and draft plans.
First, Filakov reports that the Panthers will interview former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma before circling back to a set of coaches who will speak with the Panthers' new ownership regarding their coaching philosophies...
The Panthers coaching search will pick up steam this week as six front-runners for the vacancy, including fired Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, will meet with the team's brain-trust in New York City, according to a team source.
Other than Bylsma, the other five leading candidates have all met or spoke to General Manager Dale Tallon, but now will also sit down with the team's co-owners, Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu, as well as CEO/President Rory Babich.
Those repeaters are believed to be Ron Wilson, Canadiens' assistant Gerard Gallant, former Stanley Cup — winning coach Marc Crawford, and Red Wings' assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters.
While Filakov continues at significant length regarding the coaching search and the Panthers' hopes that they can land one of Brooks Orpik or Matt Niskanen if Bylsma joins the Panthers, this tidbit about the Panthers' draft plans is a wee bit more newsworthy:
Frisco, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that Head Coach Marc Crawford has been relieved of his coaching duties, effective immediately.
“I would like to thank Marc for the hard work he provided to the Dallas Stars over the last two seasons,” said Nieuwendyk. “We wish him the best in the future.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Marc Crawford coached his 1,100th regular-season game Thursday night.
That’s a pretty good run for a 49-year-old.
And, to be brutally honest, a lot of people thought it might be pretty darn close to the end of the run for Crawford. He seemed to run out of steam in Los Angeles. He looked like a good fit in the television booth in his year off. He took a lot of heat for last year’s uneven Stars’ performance.
But 31 games into this season, Crawford is looking a lot smarter. His players seem to be buying in. His system doesn’t look all that challenging after all. GM Joe Nieuwendyk has made some tweaks to the roster and added a nice complement to the coaching staff in Willie Desjardins. And, to be honest, Crawford has had a year to get his message across.
“You have to be prepared to win the game 1-0 and you don’t give away easy chances like we did. We were well in control. It was 1-1 and when you’re in control, you don’t give up odd-man rushes. You don’t go on a shift where you’re overextended, sixty seconds into the shift, and then you try to get another offensive opportunity. You give the other team life. That’s how you get beat.’‘
“Teams that end up being playoff teams _ which we’re going to be _ they don’t beat themselves…and we beat ourselves tonight. It’s disappointing. We did it the last game and we didn’t have to come in here and rant and rave, because we thought we learned the lesson. But we didn’t. Tonight, we have to learn the lesson.”
-Marc Crawford, head coach of the Dallas Stars after losing 5-2 to the LA Kings last night. More from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
“There is a learning curve that goes along with coming into any organization and dealing with changes that are made, and the acceptance and resistance that’s met on both sides of it,. I think we’re way further along on the acceptance part of the changes, we’re way further along on the understanding of both how we need to play, how we do play, but also understanding the personalities of the team, understanding the strengths of individuals and how they connect in the group.”
-Marc Crawford, coach of the Dallas Stars. More from John Tranchina of DallasStars.com.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi managed to recover from a gaffe that saw his third-party lawsuit against his former coach, Marc Crawford, dismissed because they failed to file the paperwork to send it to trial.
Ontario Superior Court of Justice case management master Ronald Dash granted a motion Tuesday morning from Robert Ben, one of Bertuzzi’s lawyers, which reinstated the lawsuit. He also granted Bertuzzi’s lawyers’ request, over the objection of Crawford’s lawyer, to conduct an examination of discovery on Crawford. But Dash limited the examination to four hours and ruled it must be conducted within the next 30 days.
from Eric Stepephens at NHL.com,
Deep down in his heart, however, Crawford knew the television booth wasn’t where he belonged.
“I’ve been in the NHL a long time,” the newest coach of the Dallas Stars told NHL.com by phone. “I really missed not being involved with a team. I can remember one night specifically. It was Vancouver against Edmonton and Edmonton had lost 3-0. I watched Craig MacTavish behind the bench and I just thought, I even missed the miserable feeling of losing and knowing the dejection of not getting the job done.
“I looked at him and thought, ‘God, he’s dying a thousand deaths here.’ I wanted that feeling.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The old backyard rink at the Crawford house was a labor of love – and a haven for hostility.
Such was Marc Crawford’s life growing up in a family of nine kids in picturesque Belleville, Ontario, halfway between Toronto and Montreal.
Crawford’s dad, Floyd, would work every winter to get the rink going, and would add pieces as the kids got older. Brother helped brother with shoveling snow, hanging lights and constructing wooden boards and a penalty box.
But once the teamwork ended, the competition began.
“Those games on that rink,” said older brother Bob Crawford, a veteran of 246 NHL games, “were the toughest games I ever played in my life.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Maybe his former boss in Toronto, GM Brian Burke, and longtime Burke associate Dave Nonis, now the assistant GM in Toronto, whispered in Nieuwendyk’s ear about the virtues of their old Vancouver pal and former coach Marc Crawford.
But the one thing that is patently clear is this is a mistake that is going to rest solely on Nieuwendyk’s shoulders. And this is certainly a mistake.
The old adage about judging a hockey trade by which team obtains the best player applies here. With Crawford becoming the new coach in Dallas, it is a step down on almost every level from what Tippett brought to the table.
One NHL coach told ESPN.com on Wednesday he thinks Tippett is one of the best coaches in the league, bar none.
added 3:43pm, from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Tabbing Marc Crawford to be the club’s new head coach just one day after officially firing Dave Tippett - hmmm, any possibility Crawford was talking to the Stars while Tippett still had the job? - doesn’t exactly put a progressive new face on the Dallas franchise.
While young still at 48, Crawford has that odour of “yesterday’s man” about him.
from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced Thursday that the club has hired Marc Crawford as the 20th head coach in franchise history, and has relieved Dave Tippett of his head coaching duties. Crawford will be formally introduced at a press conference this afternoon at American Airlines Center.
added 11:56am, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I just got off the phone with Dave Tippett, and he was philosophical.
“It’s just what you sign up for as a coach, and I don’t think you can ever let it get to you,’’ he said. ``In this business, you have to focus on the job at hand and do it to the best of your ability. Then, if you are moved on, you have to see that as an opportunity. When one door closes, another one opens.”
Tippett said he will head to his summer home in Noirthern Minnesota today and will try to take a step back from the situation and breathe a little bit.
One-time Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and former Vancouver Canucks winger Todd Bertuzzi met in Toronto on Monday with a mediator in an effort to prevent a lawsuit from heading to court.
It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the infamous sucker punch during a March 8, 2004, game in Vancouver that ended Moore’s career.
Moore, 29, and his family filed a lawsuit seeking $38 million for loss of income and damages.
Bertuzzi, who now plays for the Calgary Flames, and Moore attended the meeting with their lawyers, as well as former Vancouver coach (now Hockey Night In Canada analyst) Marc Crawford and his representatives.
Moore’s lawsuit names Bertuzzi, the Canucks and former team owners Orca Bay, as defendants.
continued… but no details of the meeting have been released
From Marc Crawford’s blog at CBC.ca:
Like most of you, I grew up watching and loving Saturday nights. Hockey Night in Canada was such a big part of life at the Crawford house. With nine children in the family, great seats in our living room were very valuable and many times the floor was the spot where I ended up.
It didn’t matter because we loved hockey, and throw in the fact that we might get popcorn and maybe a glass of Pepsi, it was in my opinion the perfect night.
The broadcast came on at 8:30 p.m. in those days, and the game would be joined in progress, so the big game at our house was guessing the score. All of us would take a stab at whether or not the Leafs or Canadians were up by one or two goals. It was always a thrill to hear Bill Hewitt or Danny Gallivan announce the score.
“I think what happens is, we’re a very trendy game,” said Hockey Night in Canada analyst and longtime coach Marc Crawford. “The trend this summer seems to be to go to minor league coaches and junior coaches who have had to good stints and give them an opportunity.”
The other trend this season is coaches returning for another kick at the can several years after their last NHL coaching job. Barry Melrose is the most intriguing, taking over in Tampa Bay after a dozen years spent mostly as a high-profile television commentator. Craig Hartsburg (Ottawa) and Terry Murray (Los Angeles) each last coached an NHL club more than eight years ago, while Tony Granato’s previous experience ended just before the 2004-05 lockout.
All four figure to survive longer than the last example of a coach returning to the league after a lengthy absence. John Paddock was let go just 64 games into his second NHL stint last season, with Ottawa.
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
Former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford claims that Todd Bertuzzi acted in “direct disobedience” to instructions from the Canucks bench during the March 8, 2004 NHL game in which he attacked Colorado forward Steve Moore, breaking his neck and ending his career, according to court documents obtained by the Toronto Star.
Crawford, in documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, pleads that the Vancouver coaching staff was trying to get Bertuzzi off the ice before his infamous sucker punch on Moore.
Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings managed to talk to Marc Crawford today. A sample:
(on his future…) “I have talked a little bit with my wife and my family. The good thing is, I have two years left (on my contract) with the Kings. That gives me time to think. Having two years to do that is pretty good. You don’t have to rush in if the situation isn’t right. Quite truthfully, I want to be passionate about the next opportunity. I want to use my passion and give the team everything I have. A big reason that people are attracted to me is that I am passionate and I want to win. I want to make the right decision. If the right opportunity comes quickly, great, or if it takes a while, that’s OK too.”
read on for more
*Hammond’s interview with GM Dean Lombardi was linked—in all its parts—earlier today on KK.
From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings, the transcript from Dean Lombardi’s press conference yesterday, plus a series of posts where Hammond asks Lombardi his own questions.
Here’s more from Lombardi, talking about the natural assumption that the Kings might already have a new coach in mind…
“People can think whatever they’re thinking, but we haven’t done any research or anything like that. I think we were solely focused on the right fit here, but I think it’s safe to say we realize the importance of this hire and I’m not going to hurry it. I guess one indication that we don’t really have anybody in mind is that I don’t see myself rushing to get someone here this week. I guess if I had somebody in mind, I’d be on the phone signing him right now, but I’m not anywhere near something like that. I mean, whenever you fire someone, a coach or whatever, the thought is always in the back of your mind. `OK, who are we going to get to replace him?’ But in terms of us already finding someone and saying, `This is the guy who would fit,’ no. We’re not even near that.”
Also, Helene Elliott at the LA Times takes a look back at Crawford and the Kings organization.
The Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Marc Crawford.
Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi made the announcement Tuesday that Crawford will not return next season as the team’s head coach despite having one year left on his contract.
Note: Kings press release
Los Angeles Kings coach Marc Crawford analyzes the SCF for NHL.com:
In fact, Crawford sees the penalty killing by both the Red Wings and the Penguins as underrated in this series, and gives his thoughts as to why they’ve each been so dominant.
“It’s been very tactically and technically a very sound, sound penalty-killing series,” he said. “And you have to make great plays to score.”
Saturday night, it was the Red Wings who made just one extra “great play,” and they came away with a very crucial victory.
The full article is here and at the bottom of the page are two links to Crawford’s podcasts on the series
Todd Bertuzzi has filed a lawsuit against former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford, alleging his negligence contributed to Bertuzzi’s infamous sucker punch on ex-Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore in March 2004, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.
thanks to the numerous folks for the pointer…
from Inside the Kings,
“This is first game in months we played poorly and we played awful tonight,’’ Crawford said. “It was a stinker, there’s no two ways about it. You can’t mask this one in any way. It was awful and we all have to take responsibility for it.
“I think it starts with me. You have to look at the coach and say hey, these guys got scored on quite a bit early in the game. We’ve addressed that but we’re still having it happen. We can’t point fingers at (the players). I think we’ve all got to look at having some ownership and some accountability of it, myself included, and look at some ways we can address our games right now. From our coaching staff, I can assure you we’re burning the midnight oil analyzing and maybe overanalyzing our games.’‘
“When we say, ‘Go get him,’ we never look to actually hurt somebody,” said Lindsay, who earned the moniker “Terrible Ted” due to his physical play during a 17-year career spent mostly with the Detroit Red Wings….
On Thursday, Lindsay was not alone in suggesting comments Crawford may have made are being taken out of context.
“I say, ‘He must pay a price,’ every night when I do my broadcasts,” said Jim Fox, a former Kings player turned colour commentator. “‘Paying the price’ is part of any sports world.”
Former Canucks goalie and current Rogers Sportsnet analyst John Garrett said if Moore had not been hurt, then Crawford’s statements would not be painted so negatively.
The Montreal Gazette has a Q & A with Tom Kostopoulos…
What is the craziest prank you have seen?
“In Los Angeles, I used to switch the gel and the shampoo, and one day Marc Crawford went to gel his hair and used the shampoo. And the way he likes his hair perfect, it was pretty funny when he came out and it was all flat and he was pretty fired up about it. Marc Bergevin, when I was in Pittsburgh, he was crazy. He used to dress up like the other team’s mascot before the games, wear wigs or dress up like a 1970s dancer and dance for everyone. He was probably the funniest prankster and craziest guy I have met.”
more with Tom…
from the LA Times,
This one, in the Ottawa Sun, involved the Kings listening to offers for forwards Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown in exchange for a goalie.
“There’s no basis to that,” Kings Coach Marc Crawford said Monday after practice in El Segundo. “Everybody, reporters and probably coaches alike, try to fantasize about trades. They’re exactly that—they are fantasies. That trade would never happen. Ever.
“It’s a fabrication by somebody saying, ‘That might work. They need a goalie. And boy, who could we get that’s young and inexpensive?’ And those are the names. They look at the salary chart and say, ‘These guys are inexpensive. That makes sense.’ But it really doesn’t.”
more on the Kings (reg. req.)
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
However, Crawford thought the prevalence of new media — round-the-clock highlights packages, an endless parade of Internet information — has heightened scrutiny everywhere around the NHL. And in places such as Toronto and Montreal, the attention is so great as to become almost suffocating.
“Truthfully, I think it’s compounded, especially in hockey markets, by the volume of information that’s available — with blogs, with all the replays, those things become such a big fabric of hockey life,” said Crawford. “It’s a different environment now than even 10 years ago.”
much more on the “booing” subject and other NHL bits…