Here at MHH, the end of the Joe Sacco era is a forgone conclusion. With David Quinn taking the BU job, the only promote from within candidates are Army and Chenowyth. Maybe, just maybe, the Avs might look outside for some coaching talent. Below you will find the coaching resumes of 5 experienced NHL head coaches who are not in the top job at the moment. Read them through, pick your favorite and vote in the poll. I will reveal identities tomorrow if you don't figure them out on your own.
Coach No. 1 - He spent 12 seasons in the NHL as a player, known primarily as a grinder, before turning his attention to coaching. His coaching career started in the NHL as an assistant where he spent 4 years. This stretch included an improbable trip to the Stanley Cup finals. He's had 15 seasons as a NHL head coach although only 8 ended in trips to the playoffs. His one trip to the finals as a head coach ended in a 6 game loss.
Coach No. 2 - Coach No. 2, as a player, had a long NHL career spanning 15 professional seasons and included a year in Colorado. He won a major NHL end-of-season award and scored more than 60 points 4 times. He has 7 years as an NHL assistant coach learning from 2 Stanley Cup winning head coaches and only missing the playoffs once. He's had two stints as head coach with NHL teams with multiple trips to the playoffs, including winning a division title and making it through to the second round.
Coach No. 3 - This coach was a career minor leaguer. He played a single NHL game and he failed to register on the score sheet. His coaching career was more illustrious. He started in the AHL for 3 seasons, taking his team to the playoffs twice. The NHL called and he was a head coach for 6 years with two different organizations. He led his team to the playoffs 5 of those six years, winning his division in 4 and taking his team to the Stanley Cup finals twice.
Coach No. 4 - After an 9 year professional playing career that included fewer than 80 games over 3 seasons with two NHL teams, Coach No. 4 stepped behind the bench. His coaching career started in Major Junior and progressed to the NHL first as an assistant, then as a head coach for two different teams totaling 4 seasons. He's also spent time as a head coach in the AHL and in Europe.
Coach No. 5 - Should playing professional hockey be a prerequisite for coaching in the NHL? Our final candidate never drew a paycheck as a player, but has coached at the highest levels. He has held the top job for NHL teams on three separate occasions, coaching over 1000 games, with 2 trips to the Conference finals and one trip to the Stanley Cup finals. He has also coached in Major Junior and in Europe.