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  1. These posts are making me think - how do you even measure a coach? Can you really just look at win%? What is really the difference between a good coach and a poor coach? Are we talking a 60 point difference, or a 10 point difference? I'd lean towards the 10 - if that. Vital points for sure, especially for bubble teams, but ultimately the players get the results. The roster is the roster - the coach's job is to maximize that roster, not turn lead into gold. Important question - but of the 3 questions of upper mgmt, roster, and coaching - coaching is the least of our worries. Though now I wonder why Dustin Schwartz keeps surviving these changes?
  2. Hanlon's razor + Occam's razor = refs ain't corrupt - they just suck.
  3. He's perhaps too much of a genius - the contract is all but unmoveable - but what if Lucic ever wanted to be moved? He pretty much nailed himself to Edmonton. He's got no out.
  4. Coffey's salary isn't the one being singled out. He's still here. I'm not sure why Liason Lady is being singled out. Not to get too off-topic, but if her role was to acclimatize players to Edm, that isn't nothing. I've been overseas a few times, and it is a world of difference when you have someone from the place you are to guide you through it. The internet can't teach you to ignore your own cultural biases which aren't relevant (but you otherwise don't realize they aren't relevant) in the place you're visiting. If she sucked at her job, ok (and no, that is not measured by on ice performance), but my goodness Katz needs to up his propaganda game.
  5. I respect Krueger for stating this so soon afterwards, knowing there will be tons of speculation. RS, you may be onto something with Soccer Canada. We've got 7 years to prep for a World Cup, a guy with Ralph's experience might look appealing. I mean, we're pretty bad at soccer.
  6. If he comes back - to hockey in general, not just to Edmonton - it don't think it would be as coach. He has spent 5 years as the Chairman of a club, that while not elite, still brought in over a quarter billion in revenue a few years back. It seems like one heck of a demotion, unless he has a real yearning for the job. And if he does have that yearning, would it be for the guys that fired him via Skype? I see him taking no less than a GM role if he were to return to hockey, and perhaps would want a POHO role.
  7. For sure - though it could just be after 2 straight years of battling relegation (After 3 straight top-8 finishes), it was time to move on. Ralph doesn't seem the type to stop though, he'll definitely find another role, somewhere, and not long after the June 30 contract with Saints ends I'd predict.
  8. Ralph took all the mikes with him to Southampton. Probably regrets it: https://youtu.be/joE-KbBipDY?t=2913
  9. We had few other guys with 'career' years as well: Reider, Lucic, Talbot, etc. It all blends together to make an ugly shade of gray.
  10. One step above these aspects, that affects all 3, is poor planning. Bob hires Chia without doing any other interviews; Chia trades for Reinhart based on the advice of 2 guys who hadn't watched him in over a year, etc. They act in a reactionary way. Its like gambling - they must feel incredible when it pays off (payoff run a few years back), but they have no idea what to do when they come up craps and have to leave the table. Do they change their ways, or just head back to the ATM to max out their line of credit? And when that fails, they go home broke, to the most loyal spouse they could ever hope to get, ignoring her pleas to change. Too busy blaming the loss on some guy named Rider who didn't throw the dice right. They should have a plan to replace *every* player on the roster at a given time - injuries can happen. They should have a plan on the exact type of player they need, and tell their scouts to focus on that type of player; not just look for guys that seem 'good'. They need an actual plan, not just a random timeframe and a wishlist. Specific goals to be carried out by a specific time. Specific consequences if goals are not met.
  11. Thanks, Happy. Didn't mean much though, did it! This league had razor thin margins all year; 31 points between 1st and 8th, I don't think its ever been that close. Good job Steve, 1 point above the relegation round, and now in the final. Will Steve get his first title, or will Rekkin be the first to successfully defend one?
  12. GG Happy, a deserved win. Even with the points I left on the board on Wednesday
  13. Not going to quote the whole box, but I'm confident you can't buy out more than 1 player in a year, dk. Also agree with Fog, try to be rid of them entirely, or let them expire, buyouts should be a last resort.
  14. I hope we take a good look at Sheldon Keefe, current Toronto Marlies coach. Here's an article from a Dallas blog about him, when they were looking for a replacement for Hitchcock. Despite being only 37 years old, he has 12 years of coaching experience, with success everywhere he has been. Already seems to have learned some harsh life lessons, and grown from them. Also has history with Nurse, and loves the puck-possession, speed and skill game that the league has become.
  15. Its fascinating that Caps players basically get 3 tax options. Guessing Ovi lives on the Maryland side. Guess most of them do, tbh. 7% is a massive difference. Looked it up. apprently he's lived in Arlington and Mclean on the VA side. A 20 minute commute to save $700k annually, not bad. If I played for NYR or NYI, Jersey would sound appealing. If not for the ridiculous property taxes. Of course $100k annually in property taxes likely doesn't phase the Ovies and Lundqvists, but certainly would the league minimum guys - for whom suddenly Alberta and smaller US venues could look appealing. A league min guy pays $30k more in taxes playing for Calgary or Edmonton compared to NJ; but using a $650K USD home as an example, is easily paying an extra $5-10K in property tax in NJ (using Newark as an example) - despite being nowhere near nature. That isn't nothing, especially if you want to keep the family there long-term. Thanks for the link, Fog. Love new tools that provide insight.
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