Nashville GM David Poile and coach Barry Trotz are leaning toward giving some of the organization's prospects a chance to fill the void left by Alexander Radulov as opposed to dipping into the UFA market for an aging veteran. Poile told the Nashville Tennessean, "I’m favoring going with the squad we have and the prospects we have. Right now what I think is best for the Predators is our younger players. That could change. But right now I feel like they deserve a chance and that’s kind of the direction we’re going.’’ Barry Trotz added, "I’m also leaning toward Hornqvist and Jones and those other guys,’’ Trotz said of possible Radulov replacements. "I think they’ll bring a certain amount of exuberance. I’m actually very anxious to see how they do.’’ So good news for Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones who should get long looks on the first 2 lines this year... both will also get long looks in our Breakout Bible coming September 1st.
Rest easy... the NYI have a coach. GM Garth Snow announced last night that Scott Gordon, formerly the coach of Providence in the AHL, will replace Ted Nolan as head coach. Flash's team ranked 1st overall last year and he was named AHL Coach of the Year, so that part of his resume speaks for itself. We dug a little more into his coaching record with Providence (the past 5 seasons) to get a sense of what he'll bring to the Island...
Gordon's teams were typically middle of the standings and he made the playoffs each year but didn't enjoy a lot of playoff success with only one trip to the semi-finals. His teams were nothing special offensively, until last season when they finished 2nd in the league in goals scored. On the flip side, they are always strong defensively, consistently ranking in the top third of the league in gaa and he's done that while still using younger goalies like Hannu Toivonen and Tuukka Rask. He's also developed a lot of the younger players that came up through the Boston system including Brad Boyes, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Ben Walter (who is now with the NYI).
Garth Snow said he's excited that Gordon will run a "tight defensive system" and he should be a good teacher for the young guys but we don't think this is going to a good fit for fantasy hockey GMs as there's not a lot of offensive talent there as is and Flash doesn't look like the type of coach that's going to be able to squeeze a lot more goals out of this lineup. On the bright side, Gordon being a former goalie and the tighter defense should help Ricky DiPietro's numbers.
Not sure where Gordon will end up on our next Fantasy Hockey Scouts Coach Rankings but given the talent he's got, not sure even Al Arbour would have much success with this lineup.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... Some jackass broke into our garage and smashed our car window... must have been laundry day and he really needed the change cause thats all he found once he looked inside. So now we're stuck with the cleanup and the replacement cost and driving around town with no window for a while... so if you're in Calgary and you see some nutjob who's got the windows down during a driving hail storm... it's this guy.