The Toronto Marlies are poised to announce the hiring of Steve Spott as head coach, replacing Dallas Eakins who departed for the Edmonton Oilers. While many candidates were rumored to be in the mix, it appears Spott gets the nod for his reputation as a developmental coach, something Eakins was well respected for, and certainly a top priority quality needed from the new bench boss.
Starting his professional coaching career Seneca College and later moving on to Junior A, Spott spent 11 years as an Assistant Coach under Pete DeBoer both in Plymouth and Kitchener. When DeBoer left for the NHL in 2008, Spott took over as both Head Coach and General Manager of the Rangers. In 4 seasons as Head Coach, Spott has a 148-124 record, but that tenure includes a tough 26-win season in 08-09, the year after the Rangers won the OHL championship and lost a significant number of veteran players – basically a gutted team. In the 3 years after, he coached the Rangers to 42, 38 and 42 wins, considered a very fast turnaround from a rebuild. His team appeared in seven playoff rounds in those 3 years as well.
During his tenure as head coach, the Rangers have produced a number of NHL drafted players including noteables: Jeff Skinner, Gabriel Landeskog, Radek Faksa, Matt Puempel, Ryan Murphy and Tobias Reider.
Spott has and continues to receive a lot of criticism for his handling of Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships, where decisions with goaltenders and defense remain a sore point for many. Not often noted was the gold medal his team won at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. While the WJC certainly an area where critics like to point, thankfully the Marlies won’t be playing in any international tournaments that we are aware of at the time of publishing.
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.
To the determent of we are not sure who, Spott is a significant downgrade in the hair department from Eakins, although he will bring a significant boost to the sharp looking suit. Eakins appeared to be fond of the slept-in look in his suits. Eakins had that hair going for him though.
Welcome to the Marlies, Spotter.
Spott's departure from Kitchener ends a 14-year run in the #OHL, 10 years with the Rangers (5 each as asst coach/head coach), 4 w/ Plymouth.
— Mike Farwell (@farwell590) July 3, 2013
In those 14 seasons, Spott was an #OHL finalist 4x (winning twice, both w/ KIT) and a Memorial Cup finalist twice (winning once, KIT '03).
— Mike Farwell (@farwell590) July 3, 2013
congrats Steve,I had the pleasure of coaching against you as a Pee Wee hockey player with the Toronto Marlies. Your father also worked with me with the Jr, Senators.
Good luck Steve I know you will do well and develop many players for the Leafs.
To be honest, if we are not tight to the 50 contract limit I would be disappointed if nonis doesn't offer Blake Kessel a contract
If I remember right Spott was the moron who didnt put Rielly on the ice near enough when Canada needed scoring. He starts off as a loser in my eyes, and now it is up to him to redeem himself.
You can say a lot about Lou Lamarillo but he is a class act.
Swinging a trade so Brodeur can pick his own son that is pure class.
The Flames must really need centers bad lol got this from a TSN story about Feaster going after UFA centers the Flames fan says.......
jetflame1 Brunner and Clarkson, and Bozak. Lot's of good young talent. I've never seen players available like this EVER before! Who said a salary cap was a bad thing(besides the players)?
Well I almost fell out of my chair, http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=426888
Someone to target might be Alex Burmistrov. Highly disgruntled in Winnipeg, threatening the KHL - but this kid just wants to play hockey and not be inhibited by his coach. If nothing else, we add that high end skill at center to the pool of talent in our system. He's just 21.
so anybody seen this GIF yet?
so far Nonis' off season is Bernier, Bolland, and now potentially Clarkson.......Id say that pretty good., we are certainly stronger team with these additions, still have spots to fill though
@peterbleafs fortunately the Marlies don't play in any international tournaments so the pressure to deal with an unfamiliar roster of players over a 7 game tournament won't be there.
Also I think he made a decision to go with Murphy and it didn't work. Lesson likely learned.
In the grand scheme of things, the Marlies are there for developing players for the Leafs. I'm more concerned how good the coach is at doing that vs. being able to win the Calder Cup.
@peterbleafs He's an OHL coach who knew a lot more about the eastern talent then that of the WHL. Its easy to hold something like that against somebody without being in his shoes, any of us as Leaf fans can point and act like we would've known to play Rielly if we were in the same shoes, but really? What if he was a Bruins prospect and a 3rd overall selection out of JR A and we didn't follow his every move like we do can we honestly sit here and say we would've known he deserved to play over the other guys or are we just being homer fans? Spott played what he was familiar with, it doesn't mean he's not a spectactular coach, just that the sample size for him was much smaller then the other players he played clearly.
@Mike Bosse I love the nickname someone on Sportsnet had for Feaster, they called him Fleaster, because he said Feaster was the stupidest hockey man in hockey today and knows very little about the game. Was it Brad May who said that? Was one of those known hockey commentators. Feaster is their achilles heel, just as Gillis is in Vancouver.
@Mike Bosse I lost it when a user said the future looks bright in Calgary lol.
@Cameron19 Plus they don't have much leverage. Meaning Winnipeg that is. What would be the asking price?
@wiski don't think so.
While we are on the topic of good gifs... http://i.imgur.com/MAnnCR9.gif
@skiingallday hahahaa yah but still funny
Bought the Keurig Premier or something from Costco
Pros; Instant coffee,variety
Cons; expensive if you drink it by the gallon,weaker than I prefer
PS; The reusable K-cup only works well with a fairly simple workaround,otherwise its dishwater
@Dangle_My_Berries That's only half the picture though.
In vs Out:
Bolland vs. Bozak
Bernier vs. Scrivens
Clarkson vs. MacArthur
_______ vs. Frattin
________ vs. Komarov
________ vs. Liles (presumably he will be dumped)
@Dangle_My_Berries yeah we should be hopefully but still if we dont replace Bozak we might not be better
I would agree with you except Ryan Murphy was shell of himself during the regular season and did not deserve to make the WJ team to begin with and certainly didn't show anything to distinguish himself during that tournament.
@ProfessorRance @Cameron19 Seems like the kind of situation where you could just swap prospects and forget the draft ranking - he hasn't achieved much, and he wants out of dodge, so that throws that out the window. Just send them Winnipeg boy Ashton. Sucks to lose him, but at center we could really use some skill coming down the pipeline. Should be okay at wing as is, especially if we add Clarkson. D'Amigo, Leivo, Biggs on the way, and Colborne a capable right winger.
@2minutes aahhhh just saw that on reddit like 5mins ago, just checked MLHS now....
Funny if it was true,but If like the planted stooges at the ACC, then its all staged.
Think dancing cowboy/beer chuggers etc
@Cameron19 @ProfessorRance posted this last week and most people didn't like the idea but, I think there could be something there. He wanted more playing time, but after 3 years with the Jets I think he was still stuck on 3rd line. If you got him cheap it would surely be worth a look to see what he's got.
see here..must have been on sale when we got it
No, it was like S149 at Costco with one reusable and 80 some odd k-cups
Read on Red Flags that it was the best deal out there,so dropped the dime as my old Bunn kicked the bucket
Now THAT was a damned fine coffee maker
@Dangle_My_Berries @Cameron19 Sure, but they're going to be downgrades in the immediate future in that case. D'Amigo is not going to be able to step in and be what Frattin was in his first year. Ashton is no Komarov replacement at this point. Blacker may have a better style that we're looking for, but he's a long ways from being as polished as Liles....