The entertaining part to me is that I intended for the "taking bets" to be the focus of my post (Tocchet, taking bets, got it? I slay me!), but instead it ended up being the over /under thing.
I actually hope he does well. He's one of my all time favorite Flyers. But man, what a tough gig.
You know, all funnin' aside, I think the Coyotes actually have some interesting pieces and players.
IMO, goaltending is still the biggest issue (is Domingue gonna take the reigns finally...can Raanta be a full time guy?), and they DO need a coach to mold all those nice individual pieces together.
I just don't know if Tocchet is that guy.
I still question whether he is head coach material at all (again, he seems to have done fine working under someone else as an assistant),
The Coyotes actually did improve a lot this offseason and a coach that let's them do something more than chip and chase and grind every shift is likely to help some of those young guns on the team. They have some very very good young players still on ELC's. Domi, Dvorak, Strome, Keller, Chychrun.....All blue chip possible superstars in the making, and to a lesser degree, Duclair, Perlini, Merkley.
Stepan is a good substitute for Hanzal and isn't made of glass, guar
The Arizona Coyotes have hired Rick Tocchet as the team's next head coach, replacing Dave Tippett.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports Tocchet signed a four-year deal with the Coyotes.
Tocchet has been an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2014 and is coming off back-to-back Stanley Cups with the team.
The Coyotes parted ways with Tippett
You know, I HATE piling on to stuff when it really doesn't seem like a good idea, but hey, Tocchet is a professional and he COULD have learned much more from he first started out coaching.
By all accounts, as an assistant, he did great. But as the man in charge of the bench and the on ice team? I dunno bout that one.
That all said, I will take the over....but not by much....