Steve Spott is the new Marlies coach

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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.

  • darthNihilus

    from everything I have read this guy is not a very good coach at all, for development or otherwise.
    I cannot believe that there was no one better.

  • Optimustic

    Eakins was great with the kids,  we’ll see how Spot does.   It’s also important to note that Spot doesn’t have the roster that Dallas had the last couple of years.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    When I see Spotts name, the first thing that comes to mind is how limited a role he assigned to our lord and savior , Morgan Rielly . Spott got lambasted because Rielly didn’t get the minuted a lot of Leaf supporters feel the kid deserved. So, it begs the question : will Spott and Rielly gel, or will it be like oil and water  ?? If Rielly is as good as we want him to be , in a hurray, he may never play under Spott . Off to another subject. We assume the Leafs will sign Clarkson, but if Nathan Horton is there for the same money, who do you sign ? I know Horton had a major concussion a year or so ago, but he seems fine, and is a high end, large power forward . Bozie vs Weiss ??? So many ???s, so little time.

    • darthNihilus

      HeatherRickAkin Rielly is ineligible to play for the marlies next season

      • HeatherRickAkin

        darthNihilus HeatherRickAkin thanks

      • HeatherRickAkin

        darthNihilus HeatherRickAkin thanks

    • darthNihilus

      HeatherRickAkin Rielly is ineligible to play for the marlies next season

    • mcloki

      HeatherRickAkin Thats High Lord and Savior

    • Uncle Otis

      HeatherRickAkin 
      Horton’s shoulders are Spott shot
      No brainer

      • HeatherRickAkin

        Uncle Otis HeatherRickAkin I am not sure its a slam dunk. Clarkson brings the edge we need, but he has to work his ass off to score 25. Horton, like Kessel, can rollout of bed and hit for 25 and up . I am not saying Horton over Clarkson. Both will get way too much $$$ , but its a closer call than you see it, I think.

        • Uncle Otis

          HeatherRickAkin 
          This will be Horton’s second go around on his shoulders if they are shot…and by all accounts they are
          6 month rehab if surgery and never the same.
          Two bad concussions. 
          6 over 5 or 6
          No way in my books

        • bear19

          Uncle Otis HeatherRickAkin  
          ditto

    • Area49th

      HeatherRickAkin Horton wants to go unnoticed, he needs his downtime. Pass on him

    • whalz

      clarkson and weiss or rebeiro….
      horton going to CLB…….
      morgan reilly was a rookie for WJC and Spott relied alot on his familiar players and vets, im sure they  will be fine together and Reilly is  not playing with the Marlies this yr anyways

  • darthNihilus

    So Weiss will be a Leaf on Friday morning?

    • HeatherRickAkin

      darthNihilus huh ??

      • darthNihilus

        HeatherRickAkin darthNihilus coach’s nephew

        • HeatherRickAkin

          darthNihilus HeatherRickAkin which coach ?? doesn’t matter, I am good to go with Weiss vs Bozie

        • darthNihilus

          HeatherRickAkin darthNihilus Weiss is Spott’s nephew. I’m ok with Weiss over Bozer if the money makes sense. Not for Bozak money.

        • darthNihilus

          HeatherRickAkin darthNihilus Weiss is Spott’s nephew. I’m ok with Weiss over Bozer if the money makes sense. Not for Bozak money.

    • HeatherRickAkin

      darthNihilus huh ??

    • mcloki

      darthNihilus spell that out for the rookies

    • Cameron19

      darthNihilus Another low quality solution to a high need problem…..

  • mr_hanie

    I did not like Spott’s coaching during the World Juniors, but you have to look at the big picture, and he has come through the coaching ranks, and has done a good job. Still cannot believe comments that Spott does look as “good” as Eakins.
    I still think if Brad Pitt was named coach of the Marlies,— all those bashing Spott based on his “image’, would be jubliant.

    • Uncle Otis

      mr_hanie 
      Brad Pitt was available ?
      damn!

    • Uncle Otis

      mr_hanie 
      Brad Pitt was available ?
      damn!

    • rustynail

      mr_hanie he was pretty ineffective as a playoff coach for the Ramgers

      • whalz

        he doesnt play on the ice,,,,,if players shit the bed not his fault,

        • rustynail

          @whalz he was outcoached IMO

        • whalz

          by who?

        • whalz

          by who?

        • Pent_House

          @whalz Hunters. 2nd round of OHL play-off vs LDN

        • Pent_House

          @whalz Hunters. 2nd round of OHL play-off vs LDN

        • whalz

          exactly, who went on to win the OHL CHAMPIONSHIP, and were considered favorites to win.  nothing wrong with losing to a Champion

  • Kouba

    Landeskog is product of Djurgarden and Faksa is product of HC Trinec imo, but I am just a troll passing by.
    I am very curious at this Spottfire, looks like a controversial person. He blew just the 2013 WJC or something else?

  • Area49th

    We endured Wilson, I’m sure this guy won’t destroy us.

  • mcloki

    I’m pretty indifferent to this signing. I’ve opnly seen him during the WJC and hey we lost. Good luck Spott.

  • Cameron19

    -Keon- I have no problem with the signing.  I’m sure he’s highly qualified.  I was just annoyed at how he coached the WJC, but that’s all I know about him.  There are politics to adhere to in that tournament though, and it’s not fair to lump all mistakes on him.

  • Uncle Otis

    -Keon- 
    Hanta yo!