Recent rookie (or close to) head coaches through the NHL

Ari Yanover
May 11 2016 08:00AM

Nothing is official - far from it, in fact - but from the way things are going, it sounds like the next coach of the Calgary Flames might just be somebody with a bit less experience. Not a retread; a rookie.

While we don't really know at this point in time just who is being considered - other than a bunch of people who really love pointing out that Randy Carlyle is being interviewed - it's certainly an angle worth looking at. 

After all, Brad Treliving is one of the younger GMs in the NHL, and the Flames are a rebuilding, youthful team: why not go with a younger coach to match?

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Tyler Wotherspoon

Ari Yanover
May 10 2016 12:00PM

In the 2014-15 season, Tyler Wotherspoon had to wait until a meaningless Game 82 to set foot back on NHL ice. In 2015-16, it took him until Game 57. Not only that, but he got an extra 10 games out of it, to boot.

So while Wotherspoon didn't get any playoff games in this past season, he got more NHL time in general. He's an upcoming restricted free agent who looked like he might be able to fill in as a bottom pairing defenceman at the NHL level; it wasn't a bad year for him at all.

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The best and worst Flames coaches ever

Ryan Pike
May 10 2016 10:00AM

The Calgary Flames are currently looking for a head coach.

Over their 44 seasons in the National Hockey League, the Flames have had 17 head coaches (including interims). Some were good. Some were bad. All of them lost their job in one way or another. If you want to get technical, two of them fired themselves.

Here's our ranking of Flames coaches from worst to best.

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Random Thoughts - On Bob Hartley

Kent Wilson
May 10 2016 08:00AM

Bob Hartley's tenure as the Flames' head coach is over. 

Though I found the timing of his dismissal somewhat surprising, I nevertheless agree with it in principle. Treliving's remarks on the matter are apropos: in many ways the club seems to have peaked under the current bench boss. A fresh perspective is needed if the team is to take a real step forward. 

Though I was never an ardent Hartley fan, I think he did some things right during his time here. The problem is the things he did wrong he didn't seem to know how to fix. When a coach has run out of answers of glaring tactical issues, you need to move on. 

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Mikael Backlund goes to Worlds: Sweden vs. Czech Republic

Ari Yanover
May 09 2016 02:00PM

Team Sweden and Team Czech Republic were two of the top Group A teams headed into this match. After scoring two goals in the first period, it looked to be Sweden's game - but then the Czechs came back and kept going, and took the clear 4-2 victory, dropping the Swedes to one win, one overtime win, and one regulation loss so far at the 2016 IIHF World Championships.

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