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Coaching Fit For The Detroit Red Wings

from Scott Burnside of the Daily Faceoff,

To be clear, no one will balk at getting an NHL head coaching job. There are just 32, after all. But these openings are not created equally, so let’s have a look at how the current vacancies size up, with some pros and cons and who might be good fits....

Pros

The Red Wings have all kinds of shiny young assets starting with Moritz Seider, who should be the rookie of the year in our books. And they have the eighth-overall pick in this summer’s draft. And you are in a relatively new arena in an Original Six market where ownership has been nothing but supportive of the team for decades. What’s not to like so far? In spite of that, expectations are relatively modest, which isn’t to say coaches look for an easy path, but having realistic expectations that are in sync with management and ownership is critical to a long and healthy relationship....

Cons

The cons are pretty much all on the ice. The defense is still a mess. The goaltending is, well, fluid at best and marginal at worst. You had a talented player in Tyler Bertuzzi who thought so little of his team and teammates that he wouldn’t get vaccinated and thus couldn’t travel to Canada when the Red Wings crossed the border....

Who Fits?

Again, expect the unexpected from Yzerman. What about David Carle, coming off an NCAA championship in Denver, and a young but accomplished coach who could grow into a contender with this Red Wing team? Top non-North American coach Rikard Gronborg has been at least given some consideration by a number of NHL teams in recent years and, given the strong Swedish connection that has long been part of the Red Wings’ DNA – Yzerman recently promoted Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a management position – if Yzerman feels Gronborg can take this team where it needs to go, he would have no hesitation in hiring him. I’ll continue to advocate for a tandem of DeBoer and Maurice, both of whom have strong connection to the Detroit area and, well, it would be a ton of fun plus they might just be able to get the Red Wings back to contender status in short order.

more plus other teams in need of a coach...

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Shut up Scott. There are 31 other teams in the NHL who would LOVE to bring Bert on board.

Posted by pnwwing on 05/23/22 at 12:21 PM ET

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——What about David Carle, coming off an NCAA championship in Denver
——-How will it be different from hiring Blashill 7 years ago? I would go with somebody with NHL experience this time around.

Posted by VPalmer on 05/23/22 at 01:16 PM ET

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Shut up Scott. There are 31 other teams in the NHL who would LOVE to bring Bert on board.

Posted by pnwwing on 05/23/22 at 12:21 PM ET

THIS.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/23/22 at 02:01 PM ET

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and I scratch Burnside off my list, love that folks think they so righteous that they show their true colors.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 05/23/22 at 02:34 PM ET

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Well that was unnecessary. Not going to give Burnside another read again.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/23/22 at 04:38 PM ET

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I don’t agree with Bert not getting the jab, but it is what it is. Listing that as one of the cons for becoming the coach of this team is just stupid. Yeah, having a 30 goal scorer is a con, you clown.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/23/22 at 04:52 PM ET

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If you’re an established coach and you don’t want to have to work around distractions and dysfunction, maybe you want to avoid a guy like Bert. Sure he’s good but none of us have any idea how that whole situation played out behind the scenes. They can put on a happy face around the press, but if I was his teammate I’d have been pissed.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/23/22 at 04:57 PM ET

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Cancel culture hits KK. Great.

Posted by awould on 05/23/22 at 05:18 PM ET

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Is Larionov available? I’d be very intrigued by that, but I think I read someplace he’s on a new contract and can’t get out of it.

Posted by awould on 05/23/22 at 05:21 PM ET

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You’re late- there were plenty of people canceling Bert back in October.

Posted by pnwwing on 05/23/22 at 05:24 PM ET

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Calling out people for being selfish idiots is not “cancel culture.” To me it’s just stupid buzzwords people use when they want to avoid accountability. It’s weak and lazy.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/23/22 at 05:44 PM ET

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I wonder why claude julien has fallen off everyone’s radar? Not mentioning for Detroit but thinking out loud.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/23/22 at 06:16 PM ET

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Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/23/22 at 05:44 PM ET

Was talking about the cries to boycott Burnside for expressing an opinion they disagree with. Bert is 100% a distraction with the vax stance, but I can’t imagine a coaching candidate turning down a job w/ the Wings because of it and found it weird to wedge into his article.

Posted by awould on 05/24/22 at 10:33 AM ET

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Refusing to read Burnside anymore is NOT cancel culture.

Now, if we started a campaign to get him fired, that would fit the bill.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/24/22 at 10:42 AM ET

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Posted by awould on 05/24/22 at 10:33 AM ET

Who cried to boycott Burnside exactly? I think we have a case of crying about a narrative that never took place, very media like of you.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 05/24/22 at 11:42 AM ET

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I shut out Burnside as I did with Robert Tychowski.  I won’t read another drivel from those two yahoos.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/24/22 at 06:32 PM ET

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Babcock is a fence burned…a spent bullet and Quennville has proven in his four NHL stops with the Blues, Av’s, Blackhawks and Panthers that he’s not the guy you want heading up a rebuild. I’d be fine with a defense first guy like Barry Trotz, but I think he has better options.  He’s 60 years old and probably isn’t interested in a process that will take at least 2-3 years.  Given what lies ahead, this decision is probably as important as anything that’s happened in Hockeytown for some time. I just want Stevie to take as much time as he needs to get it right.

Posted by Wing Dingy on 05/26/22 at 08:47 AM ET

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