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  • 7 months later...

Lefebvre just fired assistant coach Ron Wilson due to "differences in philosophies." I guess he didn't agree with throwing out Stortini/Hagel in response to anything happening on the ice(goal for, goal against, being down a goal with 3 minutes left, offensive zone pressure, being pressured in defensive zone, etc, etc).

My blood pressure went up slightly when I opened this thread and saw that picture of Lefebvre.

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Lefebvre just fired assistant coach Ron Wilson due to "differences in philosophies." I guess he didn't agree with throwing out Stortini/Hagel in response to anything happening on the ice(goal for, goal against, being down a goal with 3 minutes left, offensive zone pressure, being pressured in defensive zone, etc, etc).

My blood pressure went up slightly when I opened this thread and saw that picture of Lefebvre.

Wouldn't SL have to get the OK from MB to do that?

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Wrong guy from what i've seen and heard so far.

http://hamiltonbulldogs.com/pressbox/news/index.html?article_id=241

I was under the impression that the Dogs cleaned house as well as the Habs. I now know differently.

I think this line from the article says a lot, without saying too much.

"Wilson, 56, was in his ninth season with the Hamilton Bulldogs (2003-2009, 2011-2013 "

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The move looks like an attempt to delay his own dismissal, which has to be right around the corner if things don't turn around soon. I think he's on life support as is. It won't surprise me when it goes down.

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They've hired a guy named Stephan Lebeau as the assistant coach. Guess he's gonna replace Wilson.

Stephane LeBeau was actually a pretty great player for a couple of years. He had a weird career - was a junior scoring phenom but never drafted. We signed him & he played progressively better year after year & I think ended up with like 80 points in 70 games the last year we won the cup (he was an integral part of that winning team too btw). He had a soft start to the next year & we traded him to Anaheim (for Ron Tugnutt I think? A goalie for sure) and he never really recovered. Played a couple (3?) years for the ducks & then retired (from the NHL) at like 27 or 28 years old. Spent several years in Europe I think.

Was a great guy, small but off the charts hockey sense. Dunno what he's like as a coach but always seemed like a good team guy & should fit in well with what MB & Molson are trying to create with this organization.

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It's time to ask Hal Gill if he wants to become a coach. I think his playing days are slowly dwindling and he was an excellent coach to Gorges when they played together.

He always seemed well-liked by everyone on the team at the time and also seemed genuinely disappointed when he was traded off. If he was interested in persuing that kind of career I'd have no qualms about bringing him back here as an assistant in Hamilton or something like that.

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It's time to ask Hal Gill if he wants to become a coach. I think his playing days are slowly dwindling and he was an excellent coach to Gorges when they played together.

I've always liked the idea of Gill coming back in a some sort of defensive coaching role.

Stars often don;t make good coaches since the game of hockey has always come easily to them. They can't understand that some players just have a horseshoe and the puck always seems to find them. Also, if you have a natural, instinctual vision of the game, you can teach something that comes naturally to you. It's often players who didn;t make the NHL or made it in a grinder, lower line role who make the better coaches. They know what it's like to work harder than everyone else just to remain on the roster.

As with anything, there are exceptions to every rule. Gill, despite his lack of foot speed and skill, found ways to adjust his game and remain in the new faster NHL where a lot of players couldn't adjust. I think he could be a great mentor for Tinordi, show him how to use his stature to his advantage.

i think Gill would be great for the younger defensive players who don't possess Gally-A's natural skill.

It's hard for someone with a good ear in music to comprehend that other people really don't hear subtle differences between notes. same for pro sports, stars usually can't understand that other players may not possess their natural abilities. Mario Lemieux hardly showed up to practice with the rest of the team. The year he finished with 190 points (somewhere around there), his coach came out publically and said he could've easily cracked the 200 point mark had he just applied himself more and actually showed up to practice.

All this to say i agree with you, I think Gill would make a good coach and good mentor for our younger defensive guys on the large size and even those who aren't. he could help us with our special teams as well, PK units.

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Hamilton's not in Quebec.

May not seem like an issue, until you consider that an AHL farm team coach is often considered as a replacement when an NHL team makes a coaching change. Hard to forget the RC disaster.

Wouldn't be a stretch to think that the Dogs would also be looking for a French coach if they make a change.

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