Thursday, May 24, 2012

On The Flames Search For A Bendable Coach

At the end of the 2012 season the Calgary Flames and their head coach parted ways. Ever since they have been a team without a coach, seemingly without a direction, and a lot of questions.

Who would be the next head coach? What type of system would he employ? Would the new guy be able to relate to the locker room? For that matter, what type of locker room would the new coach be walking into?

Lots of questions, but very little in the way of answers. The hockey team provides the little information it does divulge via baseball metaphor: The team is in the middle innings of the process. 

Names have been leaked through various mediums; Hartley, Sullivan, Ward, Wickenheiser. But of the number of candidates being considered, the team divulges little information besides that the list they have is a manageable one.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, rumours began to circulate about the type of coach the Calgary Flames were looking for. From the mouth of TSN Hockey Insider™ Darren Dreger: The Flames are looking for a coach Murray Edwards and Ken King 'can bend'.

Well, we here at Dome Beers, being the helpers that we are, have put together a list of candidates that we feel meets what has been suggested to be the most important requirement for the job: pliancy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TSN Radio: Flames Are A Joke

(Update: Link to the segment. Click the segment featuring Dreger.) 

Well, they didn't say it out loud like that. They just implied it.

Ok, the scene: Cybulski has a show on the TSNRadio. He has Steve Simmons and Darren Dreger on with him.

They start talking coaching vacancies. Which means they are talking Flames. Sexy.

So DB, what they say?

Well, where to start, because there was so much good stuff.

I don't have a transcript, so all the following is paraphrased.

I wanna start with what concerns me the most, and that is King running hockey operations. Because he totally is, and people aren't indulging in the polite fiction that he isn't anymore.

Paraphrase: "Murray Edwards and Ken King are as hands on as you are ever going to find (in this league), and I don't mean that in a constructive manner."

So not only has DB been on this, now it is confirmed by Bob Mackenzie and Darren Dreger. And King confirmed it himself in that article where Steve MacFarlane let the world know he swallows.

Ken King is the GM of the Flames. Murray Edwards is also the GM. All other opinions will now be mocked terribly, as you would have to be a pom pom waiver to hold a different opinion. There is simply too much evidence to ignore it now.

What else did those TSN Radio guys say? A bunch of ish, mainly on Calgary's head coach search:

1) Feaster has an interview list 10 - 12 candidates deep.

2) Mike Sullivan again mentioned. Dreger also throws out Andy Murray's name. Yes, I hope he was talking about the tennis player, too.

3) They speculated about Dallas Eakins, and if the Flames could even sign him, which would lead to:

4) Hysterical laughter about the prospect that the Flames are actually interviewing Bob Hartley.

5) Steve Simmons goes: "I don't know anybody who has ever said he (Bob Hartley) was a good coach."

6) Ron Wilson gets his name mentioned, which leads to Dreger saying: "Let's be honest, they (King and Edwards) are going to hire someone they can bend."

"Someone they can bend." I think Andrew Walker tweeted this scenario to me a few weeks ago, so at least some people in the media are paying attention. One of the reasons Troy Ward is getting so much consideration, methinks.

7) Even more laughing about how Bob Hartley is getting considered for the job.

And that was about all the airtime the mighty TSN Media Overloads gave to the Flames.

Oh wait. Great line by Simmons on Brent Sutter maybe coaching the Oilers: "Sutter coached Team Canada badly, he had mediocre years in Calgary, didn't make Jersey better...I don't understand the fascination. Is it because he lives an hour away?"

So, to paraphrase my paraphrases: Dreger said that King and Edwards were the most hands on, and not in a good way, 'owners' in the NHL. And they are going to hire a coach who says 'How high?' when they say 'Jump'.

Because, you know, those two know what they are doing. Hockey people, and all that.

So, 10th place again next year, gang? Should be a fun season.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

I Will Be Happy So Long As The New Coach Puts Iginla On The Point During The PP

Right?

I mean, everyone is getting bogged down in the mud about rookie coach/veteran coach, players coach or hard ass, smooth and sensitive or rough and gruff. But how about, you know, how is the guy going to use the players he has?

So the first guy to say "I'm going to end the stupidity and finally play Jarome on the point during PP's, and I'm going to play Glencross and Backund as my PK guys, and you will never see Blair Jones out on a shoot out ever again so help me Whalen." is the guy I want coaching the team.

I'll give him my double endorsement if he says "Fuck it, I'm putting an end to breaking out along the boards, too. We are going to play big boy hockey and take that shit though the middle of the neutral zone with some motherfucking speed, motherfuckers!"

Right?
...

Just a stray thought. The conventional wisdom holds that hiring a coach with no...weight to him will not be received well by the veteran locker room. A rookie will get ignored, etc.

Well, why not bring someone in that the veterans couldn't 'ignore'?

Why not make Jay Feaster the coach? Or even Ken King?

I don't think it is as crazy as it looks. Those two guys, for whatever reason, seem to be planning another season of the Jarome and Kipper show. Now, the fact that the Jarome and Kipper show has been unable to get the team into the playoffs for the last three years probably means that no established coach wants to come in here and direct the show for a fourth disappointing season. But yet, here we have the front office seemingly quadrupling down on their bad bet.

To me, if King/Feaster feel that quadrupling down on a bad bet is the way to go, I think it is only...just that one of them stand behind the bench this season. It's their clusterpuck of a roster, after all. It's a clusterpuck of a roster the hockey world has been laughing at for at least two seasons now. Isn't about time they take a little responsibility for it?

I think they should man up. Jay Feaster or Ken King should be behind the bench, especially if they choose to hold on to Kipper and Iggy.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.