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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:49 pm
by Jason


Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:56 pm
by ScubaSteve
No Sydor means this isn't quite worst case scenario, at least.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:54 pm
by SaintAngerBH
The only thing left to do is hire Modano as the Ambassador of Mouth Breathing.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 11:09 am
by slaps
What the hell does it take to get Curt Fraser fired?

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:19 pm
by Jason
slaps wrote:What the hell does it take to get Curt Fraser fired?



On Curt Fraser, he’s still in the conversation to be an assistant coach.

I don’t know if that’s the smartest decision and I know Fraser receives ample vitriol from fans. But for argument’s sake, I’m going to make the case for Fraser.

(Please note this isn’t my opinion. I’m simply playing devil’s advocate.)

Fraser is a good offensive coach. He’s one of the forefathers of the power play drop pass entry and it’s become an effective tool for several NHL teams. The biggest issues isn’t the drop pass, it’s the overuse of the drop pass. Opponents started adjusting to the drop pass and Dallas didn’t make any adjustments.

With adjustments it could become an effective weapon again. If other teams have another entry to defend, the drop pass becomes much more effective. And maybe, while working with a head coach that believes in in-game adjustments, Fraser’s system would work well for the Stars next season.


The Stars are looking at individuals with past ties to Hitchcock. I know one of Hitchcock’s former players has been approached about coaching in Dallas, but he has opted to stay in his current position.


Since Fraser was added to the coaching staff the Stars forwards have the second best offense in the NHL at even strength.

If Fraser's going to be kept for the forwards, then Wilson for D. Hopefully they hire another coach for the PP and PK.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:49 pm
by slaps
I'm so tired of our players refusing to enter the zone with possession on the power play.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:56 pm
by SaintAngerBH
The drop pass is fine once in a while. But, not every *fargin'* time.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 12:53 am
by Dat1guy
The drop pass can be cute and effective, and has proven to be so. It ain't no toe drag though.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 3:01 am
by ToddM
Hudler is the undisputed master of it.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:01 pm
by #JTONTFJTGM

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:07 pm
by Troy McClure
Mike Valley quit. The farm team's GAA just dropped .75.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:14 pm
by ToddM
This is better news than getting the #3 overall pick.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:25 pm
by Knives Out
'Cause baby there ain't no GAA high enough,
Ain't no save % for Valley low enough,
Ain't no Glass Fatso wide enough ...

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:32 pm
by slaps
Holy *poo poo*, this is the best off-season ever.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 5:01 pm
by SaintAngerBH
Image

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 5:28 pm
by Eskimo Spy
I have full metal boner.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 8:40 pm
by The Frugal Gourmet
Though I walked through the darkest Valley, I now fear no evil.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 2:49 pm
by Jason
Mailbag

Hitchcock is high on Honka, Lindell, and Klingberg. He told me as much after his introductory press conference. He also indicated that it was hard to really judge the Stars defense last season with how they were handled, so he still had reserved time to make judgement on all players in the defense core


Jim Nill wouldn’t confirm that hiring on Friday, but did say Bedard was one of the candidates for the job. We likely won’t get an official announcement on coaches until after the Stars hire their assistant coaches in the NHL.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 3:15 pm
by Troy McClure
I'm with Hitch. How the hell do you evaluate guys like Johns, Oleksiak, and Nemeth given the shitty coaching the team had? They could be as bad as they looked at times or could be better under a better system. Who the hell knows.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 3:51 pm
by SaintAngerBH
Yeah. I wonder what would have happened to the Stars had they been able to get AV instead. Ruff was clearly their plan B.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 4:18 pm
by #JTONTFJTGM
SaintAngerBH wrote:Yeah. I wonder what would have happened to the Stars had they been able to get AV instead. Ruff was clearly their plan B.

With better defensive personnel than the Stars have had, the Rangers' ability to defend has fallen off a cliff in the last two seasons under Vigneault.

It was the biggest reason they lost a series to the Senators in six games that they should have won easily in five.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 5:07 pm
by Jason
SaintAngerBH wrote:Yeah. I wonder what would have happened to the Stars had they been able to get AV instead. Ruff was clearly their plan B.


Jordie Benn and Oduya would've played 40 minutes a game, Klingberg and Lindell 5 minutes a game.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 5:14 pm
by SaintAngerBH
I haven't paid attention to the Rangers at all. Is AV really that bad?

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 5:53 pm
by Jason
SaintAngerBH wrote:I haven't paid attention to the Rangers at all. Is AV really that bad?


Yes, the Rangers would be much better off without him.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 6:08 pm
by #JTONTFJTGM
SaintAngerBH wrote:I haven't paid attention to the Rangers at all. Is AV really that bad?

They were much more difficult to score against in his first two seasons there but Henrik Lundqvist was still in his prime then and injuries/wear-and-tear hadn't yet reduced the effectiveness of defenders like Dan Girardi and Marc Staal to the levels they've fallen to in the last two seasons.

Lundqvist had a 4.39 goals against average and .867 save % when the Penguins steamrolled them in the first round of last year's playoffs and they blew late leads and lost in overtime in Game 2 of this year's first round series in Montreal and in Games 2 and 5 in Ottawa.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 1:27 am
by ToddM
Yeah, AV inherited the #2 goalie in the NHL and did jack squat with him. He's got nothing.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:30 am
by B Kat
It's pretty tough to win the Cup. NYR have consistently done well under AV. Making the playoffs, and getting to the Finals once. Yes they have Lundqvist, and a collection of mixed parts, and no super star defenseman.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:48 pm
by Jason
History with Nill in Detroit, just like Fraser (AHL coach in Detroit) had, could be a option they look at as an assistant.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:08 pm
by B Kat
That would be great.

Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:08 pm
by slaps
MacLean would be stellar.