Mac's been passed over four times as the coach (and not even offered a job by anyone else in the meantime) and after every time we've heard Lou's bs that he'll be a great coach in this league someday. Sutter was supposed to be a long-term solution which would have meant J-Mac would never get the coaching job here. As it is Lou'll probably bring back Lemaire or some other experienced coach because it is a win-now team, pass Mac over for the fifth time and say the same thing again.
Plus it seems like he's on the staff more to be Lou's mole than anything else since he gets foisted on everyone including Sutter and stays despite always being passed over though if I were him I might want to stay an assistant anyway, it seems as if he's got much better job security there.
I still think MacLean did a heck of a job in the second half of the 2005-2006 season. He ran the bench and the team won 9 and 15 games in a row. Please try and tell me that he didn't do one hell of a job that season.
Pierre McGuire who has been a huge supporter of MacLean for a long time said this morning that he believes J-Mac deserves the job. Sure most of you could care less what Pierre things, but he is the only guy in the business who broadcasts from between the benches and has the closest look of how a coach runs the bench. He mentioned how impressive MacLean looked the entire 4-game sweep of the Rangers.
As for being passed over, he pretty much was given the opportunity to coach with Lou's guidance in 2006 and 2007. When have you ever seen a head coach get fired in the middle of the season and his replacement is an assistant coach with no head coaching experience at any level? It just doesn't happen...especially not on a team where the playoffs are a must. There has been a quite the trend of GMs coming down after firing a coach (Gainey, Doug MacLean, Waddell, Murray...
And again...why would any team go after an assistant with no head coaching experience from a team that hasn't even gotten passed the second round in years? It just doesn't happen like that in hockey.
Now if Lou passes MacLean again...well I agree he doesn't think that much of him...but Mac is now a lot more experienced and ready than he was before...and Lou doesn't have a hard on for anyone else out there like he did with Sutter.
Edited by devilsrule33, 09 June 2009 - 11:46 PM.