donlever wrote:Dave Tippett served as an assistant coach on Andy Murray's staff from 1999-2002 before being named the 19th coach in Stars franchise history on May 21, 2002. Tippet was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Stars on June 10, 2009.
In all three seasons Tippett was in Los Angeles the Kings qualified for the playoffs. Under Tippett's direction, the Kings’ power play led the entire NHL with a 20.7% success rate. In 2000-01, the power play ranked seventh and in 1999-2000 it finished 10th. The year before Tippett came aboard the Kings, in 1998-99, the Kings power play unit ranked 24th in the league. During the 2000-01 campaign Los Angeles tallied 245 goals which were the most the Kings had recorded since the 1993-94 season.
I hear what you're saying, Don, but I'm still not buying it.
Those gaudy offensive totals are more than 10 years old and the league has changed since then. Hell, the Canucks' best powerplay totals are not even three years-old but to look at the powerplay this season was painful - even though the tactics didn't change much. If that's what happens with three-year-old powerplay thinking, I cringe to think what Tippett's 10-year-old ideas would create out there. Phoenix's powerplay numbers don't point to any genius on his part, so can anyone say his offensive thinking has evolved since then?
What he has shown as a head coach is a consistent evolution of his defensive approach to the game - to the detriment of any semblance of offense. You can't say he didn't have the horses because he didn't even try, as anybody who watched any Coyote game would agree.
Instead of using mouldy, rusted examples to speculate what kind of coach Tippett could
be in Vancouver, let's go with a fresher example from Phoenix of what kind of coach he is
: an all-defense coach who relies on a suffocating style and an above-average goalie to get teams into the playoffs but rarely any further, and who destroys more prospects than he develops.
BTW Jovo, Vigneault played that 'playoff' defensive trap style his first couple of years. How well did that work out?
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