February 07, 2017

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 15 comments

Bruins fired Julien.

I'm sure I'm just remembering specific points, but this has to be like the 4th or 5th time in the past 10 years that a coach was fired by a team after losing to the Maple Leafs.

Off the top of my head:

- Claude Julien (Boston)
- Lindy Ruff (Buffalo)
- Michel Therrien (Pittsburgh)
- Tom Renney (NYR)

posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on February 07, 2017

Not as much this season, but in recent seasons, people outside of Toronto have considered that "hitting rock bottom"...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:54 AM on February 07, 2017

Too bad they won't fire the organization. Bruce Cassidy is inheriting a mess that has no near term possibility of getting better. If there's any place to assign the blame, it is with the scouting department. For a few years, perhaps the last 5, the only decent forward they have drafted was European. The North American players have generally disappointed. I've been a Bruins fan for a long time, but it is at the point now that I have no desire to attend a game, nor will I even watch them on TV unless there is nothing else to watch. This situation reminds me of the early 1960s, when they annually were 4th or 5th in the 6-team league.

posted by Howard_T at 01:45 PM on February 07, 2017

My dad Roger Cadenhead died yesterday at 70 after a long battle with Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome. Mine was a childhood of baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, catching Texas Rangers games with him at Arlington Stadium in the 1970s. The memories are as good as the teams were bad.

posted by rcade at 03:36 PM on February 07, 2017

Sorry for your loss rcade.

As for Claude Julien, what Howard said: Claude is walking the plank for Neely's failings and the whole organization is dead at the head. But they will keep selling hot dogs in the arena, so the owner is happy.

posted by yerfatma at 03:55 PM on February 07, 2017

Sorry for your loss, Rogers.

posted by NoMich at 05:21 PM on February 07, 2017

Condolences, rcade.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:36 PM on February 07, 2017

May he rest in peace.

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:57 PM on February 07, 2017

So sorry to learn this, rcade. I had to go look up VHL, which I knew nothing about. That is a very tough prognosis for a family to have to deal with.

I'll be thinking about you as you bring him back home.

posted by beaverboard at 07:38 PM on February 07, 2017

Very sorry for your loss, rcade.

posted by rumple at 08:10 PM on February 07, 2017

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, Rogers. You and your family are in my prayers.

posted by Howard_T at 08:21 PM on February 07, 2017

So sorry for your loss, rcade.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:24 PM on February 07, 2017

I'm terribly sorry for your loss, rcade. When the Rangers finally clear that hurdle, I fully expect you to hear dancing from above when the glove closes on the final out of the Series. Peace to you and your family.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:00 PM on February 08, 2017

Thanks, everyone.

VHL is a tough prognosis. My two siblings and I had a 50 percent chance of getting it and none of us did, a 1-in-8 longshot that's so fortunate it is humbling. Other relatives weren't so lucky.

The Rangers winning the Series without dad will be bittersweet if it happens. But if Jon Daniels ever gets fired I'll be throwing the party he would have thrown, even though I like Daniels.

Dad got so fired up about Daniels I'd sometimes mention him just to see dad burst into flame. You could roast marshmallows on his rage..

posted by rcade at 05:21 PM on February 08, 2017

So sorry rcade.

posted by tselson at 11:49 PM on February 08, 2017

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