June 21, 2008

Thrashers hire Anderson as coach: John Anderson waited so long to become an NHL coach that when it finally happened late Thursday night he went to his room and cried.Friday, when the Thrashers made his hiring official, Anderson made it clear those were tears of happiness from a man who thinks he can do in Atlanta what he did for the team's top minor-league affiliate in Chicago: Win. In total, he coached 13 minor-league seasons, 11 with the Wolves, before getting his first NHL job. He doesn't plan to wait nearly that long to win his first Stanley Cup.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 01:48 PM - 1 comment

This is the candidate I was pushing for the Toronto job. Former Leaf, five minor league championships in 13 season, known to be a bit of a hardass, likes an uptempo, offensive-minded game. Good for Anderson and the Thrashers. I think he'll be a fine coach, and Ron Wilson will be what he has been everywhere -- unable to take a team to the next level.

posted by wfrazerjr at 02:13 PM on June 22, 2008

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