Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More on Coaches

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" -Albert Einstein

I can't believe Wayne Gretzky out-lasted Guy Carbonneau as head coach. I guess it helps to be the owner.

Here are some things I dug up:
Montreal Canadiens Coaches from Wikipedia
sourced from Hockey-Reference

And what I've learned:
  • Since 1982, (27 years) The Team has had 12 coaches, and 2 Stanley Cups
  • Haven't beaten anyone except the Boston Bruins in the playoffs in 10 years.
  • All coaches have except Vigneault (who's team was gutted) had .500+ regular season records.
  • Saku Koivu has seen 4 coaches fired in 13 years, yet remains Captain.
  • Wayne Gretzky has been coaching for 5 years, and has had one season above .500, where he was .506
  • Despite missing the playoffs 6 times, Lindy Ruff for the Sabres has taken his team to the Conference Finals 4 times -- in 12 years. For those wondering, that's hockey played in May.
  • Since Jacques Demers, we have had rookie coaches.
  • Soon, having "Coached Montreal Canadiens for 2 years" will be a requirement on all new coaches' reusmes entering the NHL.
And here are some player facts:
  • We haven't had a 50 goal scorer since Stephane Richer in 1990
  • We've had only 1 player score 30+ goals each year since at least 2004
It seems like the best part of this organization over the last 20 years has been the coaches; so how come they keep getting fired?

Well, there are a host of other reasons to explain the numbers. But there is one title the Montreal Canadiens seem to be able to hold onto: the most Masochistic Narcisist of the NHL.



  2. Oops, my bad. Thanks for the catch.

    As far as Andy Richter is concerned, may he has scored 50 in his beer league, but I wouldn't know.