Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Head Coach Hell

They've Lost Control of the Game

The new game has completely scrambled the world they use to know and love... and control. The revolution happened very fast (practically overnight) and they're still way behind the curve trying desperately to get a handle on a new game that's flying by them. It's been literally a dizzying experience as they try and adjust on the fly in order to come to grips with the brave new world of 21st century NHL hyper-hockey.
More lead changes, more open ice, more penalties, more power plays, more mistakes - it has taken away some of their control. And that was the whole point. "The consistency throughout the game is something that is not to the coaches' liking because there are major swings," said Dallas Stars head coach Dave Tippett. "And a lot of times it's a swing where the game moves very quickly. It's good for the game, good for the fans, but it takes a lot of control away from the coach."
It's going to be very interesting and exciting seeing what new coaching talents and game changing strategies emerge from this new rules experiment the league has embarked on. Very interesting.

NHL Sets New All-Time Attendance Record

How much more bad news can the NHL take?
With its first month of the post-lockout era in the books, the National Hockey League announced that it set an all-time attendance record for the month of October.

The NHL's buildings averaged 16,820 fans per game over the 174 contests played last month. That is an increase of 3.8 percent from the first month of the 2003-04 season, the last before the league's lengthy labor stoppage.
The oddmanrush weather report continues to predict a future of bright sunny days ahead and warns readers to wear adequate eye protection.

The Pied Piper of Pucks

Sid's Leading the Kids to Hockey
His impact is monstrous. It'll be like what happened when Gretzky went to LA, said Pierre McGuire, who was a scout and coach with the Penguins in the early 1990s and now serves as a color commentator for TSN and NBC. It really created a whole new generation of player. Crosby going to Pittsburgh will create a whole new generation of players in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio and all over the United States and Canada.
Sid the Savior and his Children's Puck Crusade... I Love it!

3 comments:

Limey said...

I for one am a big fan of the new NHL.

br. t. said...

Alright Limey, glad to hear it. I think it's a pretty exciting time right now for hockey and for the fans. It's great seeing this renaissance taking place especially after all the sport has been put through. It's back and it's better than ever (or at the very least headed in the right direction).

The Ducks vs The Avs tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to it, should be a good one.

Limey said...

We'll see if the Ducks can make it six in a row. It should be a good game.