Another coach bites the dust. Columbus dethrones King.
- --- Forever Nineteen Forty <forever1940@...> wrote:
> Any idea what the record for coaches fired in one season?__________________________________________________
> Colorado, San Jose, Calgary, Atlanta, Columbus makes five
> the start of the season and an even dozen since the end of
> Only 9 coaches had their current positions on 1/1/00 and only
> had it on 1/1/01.
> In terms of tenure, Isles coach Peter Laviolette, hired two
> weeks after Boston coach Robbie Ftorek, are 16th and 15th
> respectively. They've coached about 120 games in their
> With half-a-season to go, we could hit 10 coaches by season
> with Lindy Ruff, Barry Trotz and Bryan Trottier being among
> next to go.
> <<Blue Jackets fire coach Dave King
> By CARRIE SPENCER, Associated Press Writer
> January 7, 2003
> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets fired Dave
> on Tuesday, severing ties with the only coach the team has had
> since entering the NHL in 2000.
> At 14-20-4-2, the Blue Jackets have the second-worst record in
> the Western Conference.
> King was in the final year of a three-year contract.
> President and general manager Doug MacLean will be the team's
> interim coach, spokesman Todd Sharrock said.
> Columbus' 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night
> gave the Blue Jackets six defeats in their last nine games.
> Nashville is the only team in the West with a poorer record
> MacLean will be on the bench when Columbus plays at the
> Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
> ``At this time I don't think we are where we should be as a
> team,'' MacLean said, ``and this will allow me to evaluate our
> personnel from a different perspective.''
> There was speculation that MacLean might dismiss King after
> Columbus went 22-47-8-5 last season. The Blue Jackets were
> 28-39-9-6 in 2000-01, their inaugural season.
> King had more success in his previous NHL coaching job, going
> 109-76-31 and winning two division titles with the Calgary
> Flames from 1992-95. But he was fired after Calgary lost in
> first round of the playoffs for the third straight year.
> He joined Columbus after three years as an assistant coach
> the Montreal Canadiens.
> King was in charge of the Canadian national team from 1983-92.
> The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, also coached Canada to
> the gold medal at the 1982 World Junior Hockey Championships.
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