November 16, 2008
The NHL has proven that, if you're a head coach, your job is never safe. It doesn't matter if you had led the team to first place (New Jersey); if it's only four games into the season (Chicago); or if you've only coached 16 games with the team (Tampa Bay).
Two of those situations you can attribute to issues with ownerships and the other is Lou Lamoriello just being Lou Lamoriello.
Any coach realizes once he loses the players, he'll soon be out of a job. It doesn't matter if you're coaching all stars or nobodies, if a coach can get his players to buy into his system, then eventually they will find success.
Barry Melrose was hindered by his lack of knowledge coaching today's player. He understood the "new" NHL being around the game as an analyst for ESPN, but the players he coached in Tampa are much different than those he coached in the Los Angeles in the early-90's. His downfall was dropping Vincent Lecavalier's ice time, upsetting the Lightning captain. Not to mention the lack of ice time for number one pick, Steven Stamkos. He was pushing all the wrong buttons and obviously already burned out after he gave himself a day off earlier this week.
In an interview with ESPN after being fired, Melrose mentioned how he was going to take a week off before he ponders his next move. Sounds like a guy who just couldn't make it in today's NHL.
WEEK THAT WAS
Barry Melrose was fired, just 16 games into the season.
Brian Burke left Anaheim and is now officially a free agent. Hello, Toronto!
Fourth overall pick Alex Pietrangelo was returned to juniors.
The KHL's investigation into the death of Alexei Cherepanov found that the medial staff at the arena were at no fault.
Canucks fans have a petition going to allow Roberto Luongo to wear the 'C' on his jersey.
Jason Blake's future in Toronto is currently up in the air.
EXCELLENT ELEVEN POWER RANKINGS
15. Calgary Flames
14. Columbus Blue Jackets
13. Nashville Predators
12. Anaheim Ducks
11. Chicago Blackhawks
10. Montreal Canadiens
9. Vancouver Canucks
8. Buffalo Sabres
7. Minnesota Wild
6. Washington Capitals
5. Pittsburgh Penguins
4. Boston Bruins
3. NY Rangers
2. Detroit Red Wings
1. San Jose Sharks
LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE
This week's Coach's Corner with Don Cherry.
Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek square off.
(side note: Jack Edwards is quite tough when all the way up in the press box)
The intro video for the new Canucks jersey's.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK (11/9 - 11/15)
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
4 GP, 5 G, 5A, 10PTS, +11
GAME OF THE WEEK
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 11/11
What more needs to be written about this game? An instant classic.
UPCOMING GAME OF INTEREST
Saturday, November 22, 7 p.m. ET
Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens
An Original Six match-up on "Hockey Night in Canada", can't get much better than that. Both teams are flying out of the gates and it's a phenomenal battle between two solid goaltenders in Carey Price and Tim Thomas.
GRATUITOUS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RELATED AWESOMENESS