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BEST COACH TO BE REPLACED BY A FORMER PLAYER FROM THE 90's:
Whoops, jumped the gun on that last one.
Well, if you haven't heard by now, both Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice were fired this morning and replaced by 2 stars from NHL 94. Dale Hunter and Kirk Muller now join current NHL coaches, Kevin Dineen, Brent Sutter, and Paul McLean as the best current NHL coaches who were also NHL stars in the late 1980's/early 1990's. Sorry Randy Carlyle, Joe Sacco and Dan Bylsma... you were not stars. So I got to thinking... if the Los Angeles Kings were going to make a coaching change (as some people have been hoping for) which player from NHL 94 would they hire in Terry Murray's place?
Overall NHL 94 Rating: 89
Chance of Coaching the Kings: 0%
Jeremy Roenick might be a NHL 94 all-time legend when it comes to cutting across the middle, but it seems like he has zero to no interest in becoming a NHL head coach because he's too busy becoming a NHL TV personality. Besides, I can't imagine the LA fans would take too kindly to Roenick returning to Hollywood.
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Overall NHL 94 Rating: 94
Chance of Coaching the Kings: 10%
Sure, Patrick Roy is currently coaching the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. We know he's good at motivating young players, especially his son, but is he ready to be an NHL coach? Colorado thought he might be... but Patrick is still behind the bench of the Remparts. Could LA Kings fans really accept the man who winked at Tomas Sandstrom as their head coach? Besides, if Dean Lombardi wanted to put a crazy, temperamental goalie behind his bench... he'd just promote this guy.
Overall Tecmo Bowl Rating: 1,000,000
Chance of Coaching the Kings: 5%
Bo Jackson may be a former Los Angeles sports star... but we all know that Bo doesn't know hockey.
Overall NHL 94 Rating: 87... wait, what the fuck? 87?
Chance of Coaching the Kings: 25%
Sure, he may have been hit so hard his head bled, but Wayne Gretzky does have some professional head coaching experience in the NHL. And last year, Dean Lombardi did say that he'd love to get Gretzky back into the Kings organization. Who knows, it could work... especially because Wayne Gretzky would be the only current NHL coach with a statue of himself outside his arena. Well, besides Ken Hitchcock.
Overall NHL 94 Rating: 75
Chance of Coaching the Kings: 94%
We all know by now that the best stars don't necessarily make the best coaches. So instead of hiring a former 4th liner with great work ethic like Dan Bylsma, maybe the Kings should hire a former 2nd liner with great work ethic like Tony Granato. Sure, some people may want Granato to coach their college team but let's not forget that he has actual NHL Head Coaching experience. Granato's time in Denver may have not gone well... either time... but since coming on as an assistant in Pittsburgh, Granato's been a big part of Pittsburgh's success. Besides... Mike Yeo was once a Penguins assistant and now his team is the big surprise in the NHL. And I really can't think of any other former LA King that the fans would like to see coaching their team. Can you?