20 June 2008

So.. you decide. New coach or no?

The original report from TSN:

Thrashers hire Anderson as head coach

TSN.ca Staff
6/19/08 11:33:37

The Atlanta Thrashers hired John Anderson as their new head coach on Thursday, promoting him from their American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago.

Anderson has won four minor-league titles as a head coach, including the 2008 Calder Cup with the Wolves earlier this month.

Anderson, 51, also guided the Wolves to the Calder Cup in 2002 and the International Hockey League's Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000.

And the AJC article that followed:

Waddell denies report that Thrashers have hired a coach

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/19/08

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell denied a Canadian report Thursday night that the team has hired John Anderson as coach.

Sports television network TSN reported, without attribution, on its Web site that the Thrashers had hired Anderson, coach of their top minor-league affiliate, to succeed Bob Hartley, who was fired last October. Waddell coached the rest of the season on an interim basis.

Waddell, through a team spokesman, denied the report. He said earlier Thursday evening in a teleconference with reporters that he was continuing to do "due diligence" in the coach search and that no announcement was likely before tonight's NHL draft.

Anderson, 51, coached the Chicago Wolves to the Calder Cup last month. The American Hockey League championship was his fourth minor-league championship in 13 seasons as a coach. Anderson played 12 seasons in the NHL.

Anderson did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone

Now listen... I'm not gonna say OMG YES IT'S TRUE or NO WAI! But I got a txt msg at 10:55 last night saying John's the new coach. Source, you know who you are, so feel free to out yourself if you want. Where the source got the 411, I dunno. But why the hell not? Look at the success of Bruce Boudreau. Anderson's on top of the world right now, and he can do a lot for our boys, especially since it's a very similar situation to Boudreau's, where a lot of the guys playing for him, and who will play here next year (Little, Haydar, Sterling) won the Cup with him this year. Frankly, I think it would be a bush league move to not offer the man the job.

So what say you?


Mortimer Peacock said...

I think it HAS to be Anderson. The only question now is, IS it Anderson?

This is all so confusing. Is it too optimistic to say that DW has been neglecting the search for a new coach because he's been busy wheeling and dealing around the NHL vis-a-vis draft picks and trades/

Mortimer Peacock said...

That / ought to be a ?

Maali said...

Yah. Pretty hip to the typos, but thx! :D

You're just pulling for pick #2 AND pick #3 aren't you? Listen... we need to sign Lehts, OK? That is my #1 priority. Eff the draft! :D

Big Shooter said...

We need Kari! I think now is the time to trade Pav. We will see.

And yes, it would be a disgrace to NOT offer the job to Anderson.

I suspect he is already the coach, but for some reason they want to announce it at the draft party.