Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Well that came out of nowhere.
I saw a lot of Pat Quinn over the years here in Toronto and I must say I wasn't a big fan. I found his teams were undisciplined and that there was a lack of structure, especially defensively. He never saw a referee's call that he could not complain about and his sidekick Rick Ley was one of the worst assistant coaches I have ever seen.
I didn't think he was a fit for this Oilers' club and word was he was pursuing that Stanley Cup - why would he come to Edmonton then? Seems though that he got an offer (likely a rich one) and he decided to take it rather then angle for something else. Based on his tour of duty with Hockey Canada over the past couple of years its obvious that he will be coaching until they no longer let him. Its in his blood. So now he's back in the NHL.
Nor did I think the cerebral Tom Renney was a fit either. (I know he's brainy because he wears eyeglasses). Too passive. Too, well, calm. An egghead. No passion. No ... wait for it ... elan.
I love that word.
As a team though, well now I am intigued. Quinn's teams played a style that is going to please Oilers' fans - they had a lot of flow, even in the so called dead puck era, and they were a difficult bunch to play against. As Harry Neale used to say between whiskies - they tended to arrive at the puck in ill humour. Aggressive, attacking, arseholes. Three A words to describe Quinn's Leafs. Just ask Ottawa. Guess Hossa won't be coming now though. Maybe Jagr though.
And Renney is known as a systems' man first and foremost. So maybe the marriage of old gnarled foil on the hands hockey with the 21st century coaching of every last turn and twist on the ice will work. The fact that Rick Ley was nowhere mentioned certainly warms my cock, er, cockles.
But Kelly Buchberger? Comic relief I guess. Or they need someone to retrieve the pucks?
One thing, I sure hope that Quinn will be doing the pressers - your man is entertaining. Man oh man he's a grump. I saw him on the subway once and I was hoping and praying for some teenagers to get on the subway car and begin acting asinine. The man positively glowers, he looks so damn surly.
One thing for sure if Penner is still on this club come September there will be no mollycoddling or timeouts in the naughty chair. Quinn will be chasing him around the house with his belt, bellowing with rage. He'll catch that fat slow bastard and whip him within an inch of his life, all the while redfaced, gasping for air, screaming curses.
Afterwards he'll stagger off to the lazyboy and fire back a quart of Black Bush. Sometime in the night his heart will stop and Gagner will find him there in the morning, grey faced and stone dead.
And then Buchberger will be coach.
ADDENDUM - Vic noted in the comments below that in the presser there was talk of maybe another addition to the staff and that when asked about Rick Ley, Quinn had a lot of good to say about his old crony. So the possibility exists that Ley might be making his way to Edmonton after all.
Goddamned Ley must have pics of Quinn with Eric Vail. I can't explain it.
Posted by Black Dog at 3:25 PM