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andyhack
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Posted - 12/01/2011 :  03:32:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Who is the best NHL coach who never won a Stanley Cup?

ToXXiK1
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Posted - 12/01/2011 :  06:08:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pat Burns comes to mind.
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slozo
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Posted - 12/01/2011 :  06:40:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah - Pat Burns would have been my #1 choice if not for his Stanley Cup win in 02/03 with the Devils.

Barry Trotz, Jaques Martin, Pat Quinn are my top three . . . and the one who I feel the worst for is Pat Quinn, who came oh so close with both Philly and then later Vancouver, and wasn't that far away with Toronto either really. Quinn was a guy I really respected, and he always seemed able to get the best out of his players, so he is probably my #1.

That being said, I think Trotz is one hell of a coach, and I think Martin is (maybe was?) an excellent coaching mind and a brilliant tactician.

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semin-rules
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Posted - 12/01/2011 :  09:36:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thinking to more recent years because I am younger, Dave Tippet comes to my mind.

This guy has consistently gotten 45+ wins every year and has only missed the playoffs once in his career. He seems to do the most with nothing each and every year.

I hope one day he gets to hoist the Cup before he is done.
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ryan93
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Posted - 12/01/2011 :  09:45:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like the Pat Quinn suggestion, he gets my vote.
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andyhack
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Posted - 12/02/2011 :  17:30:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Roger Neilson was very innovative in the late 70s. He might have been too Xs and Os though. Any thoughts on him?

What about our good old friend Don Cherry? Too short a period to judge maybe. But a great record with arguably a team that "overachieved." They were quite good, yes, but when you think that his teams, essentially, came within two games of the Cup on two different occasions in the era of perhaps the greatest team ever in the late 70s Habs (certainly rank as one of them), it makes you wonder just how much he contributed to them getting there in terms of his motivational and other coaching abilities. Sure, he screwed up royally at the end of Game 7 in '79 but should one colossal mistake ruin, or atleast greatly tarnish, one's overall record? Hmmm, maybe yes?

Edited by - andyhack on 12/02/2011 17:48:05
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slozo
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Posted - 12/03/2011 :  04:27:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by andyhack

Roger Neilson was very innovative in the late 70s. He might have been too Xs and Os though. Any thoughts on him?

What about our good old friend Don Cherry? Too short a period to judge maybe. But a great record with arguably a team that "overachieved." They were quite good, yes, but when you think that his teams, essentially, came within two games of the Cup on two different occasions in the era of perhaps the greatest team ever in the late 70s Habs (certainly rank as one of them), it makes you wonder just how much he contributed to them getting there in terms of his motivational and other coaching abilities. Sure, he screwed up royally at the end of Game 7 in '79 but should one colossal mistake ruin, or atleast greatly tarnish, one's overall record? Hmmm, maybe yes?



Why do you think Cherry stayed in a broadcast booth shortly after that and never returned to NHL coaching?

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Posted - 12/04/2011 :  17:52:09  Reply with Quote
Billy Reay-----former Blackhawks coach in the 60's & early 70's. I agree with whoever said Don Cherry too. Two other names to think about are Lindy Ruff & Bryan Murray.
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ToXXiK1
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Posted - 12/05/2011 :  09:23:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lindy is a great candidate!
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Stamkos a Hab
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Posted - 12/05/2011 :  10:54:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What about Ron Wilson .

P.S The only reason I'm nominating him is because of his career in San Jose.

Sucks 2 be the rest of ya
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willus3
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Posted - 12/06/2011 :  19:17:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by andyhack

Roger Neilson was very innovative in the late 70s. He might have been too Xs and Os though. Any thoughts on him?





Ahh, Neilson, mister video review. A pioneer really.
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