Re: Luongo, Luongo, Luongo
posted at 7/26/2013 3:53 PM EDT
In response to RichHillOntario's comment:
In response to 49-North's comment:
After firing AV, trading CS and hiring Torts, I would say that the heat is definitely on MG. If these moves don't produce, then the next logical step is to fire the boss. There has been a fair amount of Gillis' player movement anthologies going on in the press, and a lot of it hasn't been good -- Ballard, Roy, Hodgson, and now Schneider/Luongo. The lack of prospect depth has been a direct result of trading away picks for rental players who haven't turned out to be effective in any way, so yes, I'd say that Gillis is on the hot seat now.
Do you think Gillis canned Vigneault to deflect some of the heat away from his own behind or was a coaching change needed?
When AV was fired, and I'd be talking about it with my friends, the overwhelming comment was "the problem's not the coaching". That was the initial gut reaction. As time went on, a lot of dicussion turned to things like "AV ran a country-club atmosphere", "AV was hands-off, and let his senior leadership group handle a lot of stuff".
So, perhaps the truth is somewhere in between. MG figured that the fans/media were demanding some sort of change, so he figures "better him than me", and cans AV. On the other hand, AV wasn't able to use the '11 Finals to springboard the team to greater heights, and in fact showed serious signs of regressing, so perhaps it's time for a change.
In my opinion, there are elements of self-preservation on MG's part, and elements of a locker room in need of some shake-up in the move.
As I said previously, though, this will define the next 2 yrs for MG.