eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_3',665,'0','0'])); The following season wasn’t a whole lot better when he posted a record of 35-43-0-4. All rights reserved. The Seattle Kraken should avoid Mike Babcock as their first head coach, even if his list of accomplishments suggest otherwise. The Predators have not looked the same since their Final’s loss, a fact that likely weighed heavily in his termination this past season. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. Now, it appears that they have found their desired head coach. On June 12, 1974, the NHL announced that a Seattle group headed by Vince Abbey of the Totems had been awarded a tentative expansion team t… Your privacy is safe with us. Hiring a head coach such as Laviolette would be be a clear example of making a big move to achieve our lofty goals. Jim Montgomery is also unlikely to fit the bill, though we wish him well on his road to recovery. It’s possible that Gallant is similar to John Tortorella, and he has an expiration date as a coach where he loses the room, or it could be that he’s stubborn and difficult for a general manager to work with. BREAKING: Alex Ovechkin Rejects Contract Extension From Washington Capitals, Rumored trade package from Montreal to Winnipeg for Laine, Rumored Trade Package From Philadelphia to Winnipeg for Patrik Laine, Rumored Trade Package Colorado Sending to Tampa Bay for Steven Stamkos, Report: Vegas and Florida Have Agreed to a Trade, Henrik Lundqvist Has Said Goodbye To His Teammates In New York, Done Deal: Minnesota and Nashville Complete a Trade, Rumored Trade Package From Chicago To Vegas For Marc-Andre Fleury, Rumor: Marc-Andre Fleury Has Submitted No-Trade List To Vegas Golden Knights, Maple Leafs being linked to huge trade with New Jersey or Anaheim. Laviolette has seldom managed a star player, but that hasn’t prevented his teams from being successful. What Went Wrong With Maple Leafs’ Jeremy Bracco? There may be a good reason that he’s been let go twice by teams despite his rosters having been consistently competitive, showing up night after night, and substituting will where skill is lacking. One has to question if his systems were fully in place in his most successful season. eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',664,'0','0'])); Laviolette brings a very strong resumé with him to the bench. Seattle Kraken: Jaccob Slavin A Great Mock Expansion Draft Selection? The Toronto Maple Leafs are working the phones and getting more prepared for the NHL Draft and the start of free-agency. Maybe we surprise the league and opt for someone wholly unproven. Beyond that though, we have a half-finished rink (thus far) and no players. Yet. Founded in 2009, The Hockey Writers is a premier destination for news and information on everything hockey. Though roster composition likely played a role, when Gallant took the reins in Columbus partway through the 2003-04 season, he managed only 16 wins in 45 games. Let’s take a look at who is available.eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_8',662,'0','0'])); There are a couple who, though available, aren’t likely to make it past the first cut. Alex Ovechkin is entering the final year of a 13 year deal worth $124 million. While it may seem very simplistic and almost obvious, it’s little touches like this that take teams to the Stanley Cup Final. Unfortunately though, timing is everything. All are coaches NHL Seattle … Why exactly would we have liked him as the Seattle Kraken head coach? Perhaps the biggest appeal of Peter Laviolette is his history of taking teams to the Stanley Cup Final. So, we move to another candidate whose record may not be as impressive at first glance, but whose methods seem to fit the Kraken’s needs. After the Hurricanes went the distance, they proceeded to miss the playoffs for the remainder of his time there. According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia Flyers have been the most active team trying to acquire Patrik Laine from the Winnipeg Jets. Okay, the man’s first foray into the head coaching business wasn’t great. There are still experienced options on the market, after all. Sometimes it’s hard to know who the best candidate is going to be for a coaching job in the NHL. The team is also bu... Henrik Lundqvist has been the King of New York City since he was drafted 205th overall in the 7th round of the 2000 NHL entry draft. That is a huge selling point and is exactly the caliber of coach ideal for the Seattle Kraken. The team management haven’t shied away from making bold statements about wanting to be successful. Gallant, whose ignoble treatment at the end of his tenure with the Florida Panthers has been paid back many times over in karma, took over of as coach of the Golden Knights and managed to mold a team of castoffs, cap sacrifices and under-utilized prospects into one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

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