This is Pat Quinn as an Atlanta Flame. I remember him as a player, he was a rugged player, very tough, borderline dirty (and beyond) but a recognized leader. His most famous play was a hit on Bobby Orr that injured #4 over 40 years ago.
I think it’s likely that Quinn gets another chance as an NHL coach. His resume is very good and one of the oft-mentioned drawbacks is his inability to work with kids. The WJC is apparently (I’ve read) a perfect addition to his resume to prove otherwise. I find the logic there to be a mystery but the hiring process for NHL coaches is that and more.
Quinn has many ties to the Edmonton Oilers and the city (played here a long time ago) and as such would have to be on a list of any potential replacements for Craig MacTavish. MacT would probably get a role as a Cardinal with voting-for-Pope privileges, and would perhaps be ideal as a roving minor league instructor with special attention paid to centermen.
The Oilers loss last night was just the latest of many lost opportunities. The Sens look dead in the water everywhere but E-town and in fact had the Oilers put in 60 minutes work the result would have gone the other way.
Hemsky and Poo are out, Brule is in. The nature of this team is that they’ll play a stronger game against a superior opponent tonight and fall short again. Many of us will say “if they’d played like that last night the Oilers would have gained 2 points this week” and in a season we know could swing on exactly two points it is beyond galling.
It feels like Groundhog Day, each morning the radio turns over to “I got you Babe” by Sonny & Cher. It’s getting to the point where someone needs to throw the toaster into the bath tub.