Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/11/09 at 02:11 PM ET
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.
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