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Can They Still Coach?

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

So, has the disgrace associated with Babcock and Quenneville worn off? Can two men who at one time were considered the best coaches in hockey come in from the cold? If they can — with 24 teams that either missed the playoffs entirely or were beaten in the first round examining their options moving forward — the veterans would join what could be the deepest and most talented coaching free-agent class in league history.

Remember, Barry Trotz is also out there. Peter DeBoer was fired by Las Vegas on Monday. Paul Maurice seems almost a certainly to get another head-coaching position after stepping down from that role with the Winnipeg Jets last season.

Three or four years ago, that group — Babcock, Quenneville, Trotz, DeBoer and Maurice — would have been considered the cream of the crop. Today? Well, Lou Lamoriello made his thoughts known on the available choices by promoting Lane Lambert to replace Trotz on Long Island next season.

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Babcock and Quennville are toxic

Posted by pnwwing on 05/17/22 at 03:26 PM ET

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I can see Babcock returning before Quennville but any team hiring Babcock has to be concerned that it might affect attracting free agents. Unless Babcock has changed his style, he won’t be a fit for a lot of the jobs.

I’d say it is too soon for Quennville and just because he was never fired over the Beech scandal doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have been. It’s pretty clear he had more than cursory knowledge of the problem. I don’t see how he is a #1 option out there. Frankly, it would be like Toronto to hire Quenneville and have it totally backfire on them.

Looking at that list, I’d be really surprised if Babcock, Quenneville or Trotz ended up in Detroit. DeBoer and Maurice look like better fits at this stage of the rebuild. That being said it wouldn’t surprise me Yzerman had another idea.

Posted by evileye on 05/17/22 at 04:29 PM ET

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Trotz is the only one of those that would mzke me smile
The rest range from no thanks to hard no.

I’m intrigued by the idea of a foreign coach coming in, as long he isn’t buddies with Putin.

Posted by pnwwing on 05/17/22 at 04:47 PM ET

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