Steve Spott is the new Marlies coach

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.

784 comments
lary barnett
lary barnett

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.

Larry Barnett

Jordan29
Jordan29

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

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

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.

Great Dane
Great Dane

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.

Cameron19
Cameron19

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. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

i think bolland will help replace komarov, he was a good agitator in CHI

whalz
whalz

off topic, but does anyone own a KEURIG BREVILLE? and if so, do you like it,.?

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

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

Dudgee
Dudgee

@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.

Savo43
Savo43

@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. 

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@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.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Cameron19 Plus they don't have much leverage. Meaning Winnipeg that is. What would be the asking price?

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@whalz 

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

2minutes
2minutes

Ya, it's not bad if ur just making a coffee or two

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Dangle_My_Berries That's only half the picture though.

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In vs Out:

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Bolland vs. Bozak

Bernier vs. Scrivens

Clarkson vs. MacArthur

_______ vs. Frattin

________ vs. Komarov

________ vs. Liles (presumably he will be dumped)


Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Savo43

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. 

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@ProfessorRance @Mike Bosse Theyve had a good start.  Added a number of really good prospects...but for the life of me I dont understand why they didnt take Fucale with their 3rd first round pick.  They need an elite goalie prospect.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@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. 

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@2minutes 

Funny if it was true,but If like the planted stooges at the ACC, then its all staged.

Think dancing cowboy/beer chuggers etc

whalz
whalz

k cool.,,,,,how much was it at Cosco?

ive seen it at Best Buy for 229

whalz
whalz

ok, thinking of getting one and i heard keurig is good

leafmealone
leafmealone

Marlie vs. Komarov

cap space vs. Liles

whalz
whalz

penner vs fratts

ashton vs komo

scuderi/ference vs liles

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@Knights2Leafs @Savo43 And there in lies the rub.  Spott plays favorites to the detriment of the team.  I stand by my opinion of the guy. 

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Mike Bosse @ProfessorRance @Cameron19 He would be a cheap option at center with high potential. From the odd time I did watch a Winnipeg game, he was a player that stood out for me. Also adding a player like that who wants to prove he can play can only help. 

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Mike Bosse @ProfessorRance @Cameron19 I agree. It's decently low risk and high reward. From what I remember he wasn't playing with exactly the best linemates in Winnipeg so maybe slotting him along with some of our talent could help him.

Mike Bosse
Mike Bosse

@ProfessorRance @Cameron19 I may just be worth it to have a see what he could do, only 4-6-10Pts in 44 games but only 25:38 ice time per game. But interesting was his 0+- and only 14PIM

Mike Bosse
Mike Bosse

@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.

whalz
whalz

awesome thanks

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@whalz 

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

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Pent_House @Cameron19 @Dangle_My_Berries But probably not immediately.  It took Frattin a while to figure out the NHL, and it probably will take D'Amigo a while, too. It's not a knock on D'Amigo - long term, it's definitely a wash.  But immediately....

Cameron19
Cameron19

@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....