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What difference does a coach make?

In the wake of Lindy Ruff being fired, it seems like a good time to talk about one of my pet peeves in the coaching area.  Oh, who am I kidding?  It has nothing to do with Ruff or McLellan or any head coach.  It's all about the "surprising revelation" that Kevin Kurz shared about Antti Niemi and how he brought his Finnish goaltending coach back with him from Finland. This touches on something I wonder about a lot, and have wondered about for years.  Why is the NHL so slow to recognize the importance of goaltending coaches?  I would add to that, isn't it a no-brainer that one goaltending coach won't fit all?

Where head coaches and assistant coaches can't be expected to fit every player the same way, a goaltending coach seems like the sort of job that a team could afford to fit to each goalie, or at least the designated starter.  Actually, I have no idea what that would cost or how many teams could afford it, but it still makes sense.

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