Respecting the NHL market


Respecting the NHL market

By Justin Aucoin

Montreal loves its hockey. It takes it seriously. VERY seriously.

Montreal takes its hockey so seriously that it gets in quite the uproar when the Canadiens name an interim head coach who only speaks English.

It stems from the team having a bilingual coach every season for the past 30 years or so.

Its rooted in tradition and the market, and it has the media and the fan base in a frenzy. Were surprised cop cars havent been flipped or lit on fire yet. Take former WWF referee turned senile hockey reporter Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside & Out.

1) Limiting to only bilingual (aka francophone) coaches limits the potential employee pool.
2) Yes. It says that they care more about winning than their fans do, apparently. This is typically a good thing. Also, the coach is just the interim head coach; hes a plug.

Stubbys tweets really embody what the city of Montreal is going through. Its gotten so bad that even the Montreal government is trying to get involved or at least is strongly voicing its disapproval of the interim coach naming. Montreal is so far out of reality they should be in an episode of Star Trek. But we cant expect rational thought from a fan base that called 911 because of a hockey play.

Such is life when you have universal healthcare. Score one for you, Canada.

Stubbys rambling did get us thinking, though. What would other NHL teams ideal coach be if respect for franchise, market, history was taking into account.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Its time for Tampa Bay to get rid of Guy Scarface Boucher and his 1-3-1 defense for something a bit more Florida. Say, a coach thats over 80.

If they were smart theyd hire Betty White to work the bench.

Philadelphia Flyers
Philly, known for being very sweet, gentle and caring folk, would name one of their battery-throwing comrades as head coach.

To be fair, Peter Laviolette looks like he mightve thrown a battery or two at someones head.

Wed also accept Rocky or a cheese-steak sub as fair alternates.

Washington Capitals
The Caps made the first step by firing Bruce Boudreau but what they shouldve done is replace him with an old white man whos afraid of change aka John Boehner. His coaching techniques might actually work, though.

Hehehe. We said boner.

Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks, of course, would have to now fire Boudreau and replace him with the only man worthy of sitting behind their bench Gordon Bombay.

Wed settle for Mickey Mouse if pressed.

Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings should can Mike Babcock and hire in his stead some broke gangbanger raster with a criminal record as long as the Red Wings are old.

Chicago Blackhawks
In honor of the citys history with the mob, the Blackhawks should dig up Al Capones remains, reanimate it and let him coach.

Los Angeles Kings
Instead of Darryl Sutter the Kings shouldve hired someone who truly embodies the spirit of the city a big boobed, bad tanned blonde girl. Say, someone like Pam Anderson.

Unfortunately for Kings fans, even with Pam Anderson the team isnt likely to score.


Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

Plenty of on-the-job training for Celtics' rookies

BOSTON – With all the changes the Celtics went through over the summer, seeing more rookies on the floor this season was a given.
But six?
Yes, only three games into the season and the Celtics have played more rookies than any team under fifth-year coach Brad Stevens.


And in the 102-92 victory at Philadelphia on Friday night, the Celtics (1-2) played almost as many first-year players (five) as veterans (six).
The youth movement here in Boston has been sped up a bit by the season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward, compounded by a left ankle sprain to Marcus Smart that Smart said won’t keep him out any more than Friday night in Philly.

Even if Smart is back in the Celtics lineup Tuesday night against New York, that doesn’t change the fact that Boston will continue to need rookies to step up and contribute going forward as they did on Friday.
And while there’s an old adage about experience being the greatest teacher, Boston’s youngsters are going to have to fast-forward past some of those on-the-floor growing pains for the Celtics to stay among the top teams in the East.
“Everybody talks about young players having to learn by going through experience,” said Stevens. “Why don’t we just watch film and learn? Learn from things we can control and in the interim, let’s beat the age thing. Let’s not talk about the age thing. Let’s talk about how we can be better at what we can control and how we can learn and grow every day and expedite the learning curve.
Stevens added, “because they are going to get opportunities all the way down the line, let’s not focus on trying to learn from experience; let’s focus on learning from every day and see if we can get a little bit better every day.”
The one rookie who has had no problem adjusting to the NBA game early on has been Jayson Tatum.
Selected with the third overall pick last June, Tatum has been among the NBA's most productive rookies in this first week of the season.
Tatum’s 35.3 minutes played per game is tops among all rookies. His 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds rank seventh and fourth among his first-year brethren.
Stevens loves what he has seen thus far from Tatum, but believes he’s capable of making an even greater impact sooner rather than later.
“I like him to shoot it on the catch more,” Stevens said. “Because he has tremendous touch. When he shoots it in rhythm with confidence, the ball finds the net. He’s one of those guys; he’s a natural scorer. But his ability to read the game … he’s very intelligent. It’s been more evident on the defensive end. He’s gonna pick his spots offensively now. But we want him to be aggressive and first and foremost, be a threat to shoot it every time he catches it.
Stevens added, “I guess it should feel pretty good when you’re 19 years old and your coach is begging you to shoot it.”
How quickly Tatum and the rest of Boston’s youngsters grow into the roles they will be asked to play this season can do nothing but help the Celtics adapt to what has already been a season with major changes needing to be made.
“You saw [against Philadelphia], we had Shane [Larkin], we had Guerschon [Yabusele], we had guys coming in that played the game at a high level and we need them to contribute,” said Boston’s Kyrie Irving. “For me to see that and witness that, it makes me nothing but proud and happy to have teammates that are ready to play. It’s not always going to look perfect because we’re still gaining knowledge about one another. But as long as we’re out there competing, having each other’s backs, that’s all that matters.”

AFC EAST: Cutler hurt, Moore leads Dolphins to 31-28 comeback win over Jets


AFC EAST: Cutler hurt, Moore leads Dolphins to 31-28 comeback win over Jets

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Matt Moore replaced an injured Jay Cutler and threw two touchdown passes in the final 12 minutes, and the Miami Dolphins pulled off another comeback win by erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New York Jets 31-28 on Sunday. Click here for more.