Morning Free Association: Coaching Candidates

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The Boston Bruins have a list of candidates that they will interview for their coaching vacancy. Curiously enough, Barry Trotz is not one of the candidates. Neither is my favorite (chaotic) candidate, John Tortorella, who seems to be the new HC for the Philadelphia Flyers. Gritty is going to love him.

So here’s the list of interviewees for the Bruins.

Oops, that’s not it although I would rather a couple of those guys just for funzies.

So, Bruins Network broke down some of the candidates for us all.

First up, Jim Montgomery.

Next, the strong contender of former P-Bruins coach, Jay Leach.

Longtime Bruins assistant coach long removed from his coaching stint with the Avs.

Current Toronto assistant with a long coaching record, Spencer Carbery.

Rhode Islander and former Boston University and New York Rangers coach, David Quinn. It should be noted that Quinn coached both Grzelcyk and McAvoy.

It will be interesting to see who they hire and who really wants the job. I’m still mad at Sweeney and Neely and have little hope they’ll hire the right guy right now.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…………..my cohost tested positive for Covid today.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Oh, sorry to hear that. It’s so frustrating that it’s still out there everywhere.
Now every time I eat a dry cracker and start coughing, I’ll think I got COVID for a few moments.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Thursday already? I like these short weeks!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I’m working five days this week. Disgrace! No jubilees or anything!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh the humanity!! lol And I heard London is supposed to be scorching hot today!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Yes – roasting! And yesterday was a scorcher too. We’re meant to have a nice storm at the weekend, though …

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Well that pretty much says it – Sweeneely are planning to tank next season. Those are disposable coaches – none of them are in a position to push back against the front office, even if they disagree with the direction (don’t bother to win, just develop players). If the new coach works out, it’s wonderful, if they don’t, well, they can grab a different candidate next offseason.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Sweeneely are planning to tank next season

I wonder if they’re waiting for Bergy’s decision. Can’t imagine they’d tank if he decided to stay for one more year.

Or do they already know his decision? …

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

BervvP0’s decision may be known…or maybe they want to make the decision for him

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Jay Leach would be my first choice, but is he a different voice? To me it isn’t the coach that’s the problem. Need players!
What a game last night. Vasielievsky was a lil shaky in the first, and you could probably hang the L on him. Hoping for a long series of great hockey.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ah! I was wondering how it turned out. I fell asleep before OT.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

To me this series is about the Avs speed, especially on the back end vs the Bolts ability to win puck battles and their poise. I think Tampa can do it. Their coaching staff makes a difference

The London Bear
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The London Bear

One interesting thing I unearthed while researching this series is that Tampa don’t have a very good record in game ones. After last night they’re 1-4 in game one of the SCF.

Granted most of those were years ago and effectively different teams, but they also got blown out in their game ones against the Leafs and Rags this year (5-0 & 6-2).

I’ll stick with Tampa to turn it around..

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeah, it seems like it takes them a couple of games to really get the sense of how to play an opponent. Maybe their coaches figure out matchups to take advantage of or vulnerabilities?