Rob Cookson goes over long, busy schedule assistants follow before puck drop.
By now, if you follow the NHL, you know Sheldon Keefe was recently named the 31st head coach in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history. There’s also a good chance you know he led the Maple Leafs to regulation wins in his first two games, snapping Toronto’s six-game losing streak and giving the team its first back-to-back regulation wins in almost a month and a half.
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Of 31 teams, 20 have a former NHL head coach as an assistant and six have more than one. Concerns about having too many cooks in the kitchen are no match for the benefit of having experience dealing with players, handling game situations and scouting opponents.
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Barry Trotz has a home in Nashville, where he stood behind the Predators’ bench for the franchise’s first 15 seasons. He has a home in Florida, where he can imagine retiring someday, though at age 57 not anytime soon. Now in his second season with the Islanders, he’s still unpacking boxes in Huntington, N.Y. Such is the transitory lot of an NHL coach.
After a strong start to the 2019-20 season, the Bruins have hit their first patch of adversity. That’s what made Bruce Cassidy decide less would be more.
Cassidy recently held a high-paced practice that lasted only 32 minutes, down from the normal non-stop skate lasting 40 to 45 minutes.
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“You are trying to make the player into a better player and a better person every time you speak to him,” said Krueger, in his first season as Sabres coach. That was one of the lessons imparted to more than 100 coaches from the Swedish Ice Hockey Association who attended the two-day coaching clinic held here in connection with the Global Series.