Lancer wrote:He trapped his teams into the playoffs with no offensive innovation or production. He hasn't won anything - not even a division title. If Tippett gets hired, wake me when both he and Gillis are fired. I won't be able to stay awake, let alone watch.
I think there are some real clear red flags on a guy like Tippett.
Still he is supposed to be an 'advanced stats' guy which is consistent with what the Canucks have done since Mike Gillis took over, he gets results out of his teams that are consistently much better than his roster looks on paper, and it is possible that he has more to offer than what we've seen him do with the hands he's been dealt in Phoenix and Dallas - I don't think anyone expected AV to ever preside over the league's best offense and powerplay either.
By the way Tippett does have a division title in Dallas (his first year, and again in 2005-06). He also has two conference finals appearances, not stellar but not awful either.
For all the talk about the Coyotes' awful offensive output, they were 13th overall in 5 on 5 goals scored in his first year, 9th in his second and third years and dropped down to 15th this past year. It's the powerplay that's done that team in (28th, 23rd, 29th, 25th), and you'd have to think that with vastly more talented players and probably an assistant coach running the powerplays there's little reason Tippett couldn't preside over an effective powerplay here.
I do think his AV-like tendencies with younger players would be a concern, particularly given it seems we are going to try to give some younger players a chance to learn on the fly this season. That being said I don't know if Phoenix's forward prospects are "vaunted," I'm not an expert but I don't see any highly rated forwards that could/should have broken into the league by now.. there is the Kyle Turris thing and they've had some high picks (MacLean, Tikhonov) bust but otherwise we're not talking about a guy doing everything he can to hold back a burgeoning crop of stars. Young defensemen seem to do pretty well there though, Yandle as you mentioned and now Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Anyway, I would think the Canucks expect their next head coach to be willing to accept a certain degree of "collaboration" with the front office and I would imagine that includes following the mandate that Mike Gillis has already mentioned publicly (giving young players an extended chance to prove themselves at the NHL level, managerial involvement in filling out the coaching staff, etc).. I'd bet that kind of "collaboration," done well, would hedge against a lot of the aspects of Tippett's resume that look unsettling at this point.
All that being said, like herb (I think it was) said earlier, we have no real clue what goes on with these coaches and all we can really do when we find out who the new guy is, is shrug our shoulders and wait to see what happens.