ukcanuck wrote:Does it make anyone else nervous that the coach we canned got rehired immediately and seemingly had his pick of jobs too?
Not that I think Gillis should be the guy to walk the plank exactly but wonder if/ when gillis is shitcanned will he land on his feet so seemlessly?
That fact doesn't really make me nervous, and doesn't surprise me either. Vigneault is a very good coach whose resume is probably the best among who was available (SC championships notwithstanding).
He just got stale in Vancouver and ran out of ideas with that group. It happens to the best of them. Vigneault had his pact with the leadership in the room, and either wouldn't or couldn't change that in order to snap them out of their funk. His tactics got old and he didn't have any new innovations.
No doubt he will do well in New York but that doesn't mean he would do as good in Vancouver or any better than before even if Gillis traded the Twins. He was set in his ways and needed a change of scenery, much like (I would argue) some of the core.
I see the necessary fix as two-part: fix the coaching and fix the core. You can't do one without the other. We'll see if, as I hope, Gillis does both.
As for Gillis' chances at future employment if he gets shitcanned, I don't see much prospect - if only for the reason that GMs don't get shitcanned nearly as often as coaches, and the old-boys club permeates that level much more regardless of competence. Having said that, Gillis managed to get himself hired without the benefit of the old-boys network so you never know.
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