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The Old Broom Theory

Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 3:00 PM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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The Old Broom Theory

Ever heard this one: “A new broom can sweep clean, but the old brush knows all the corners.”

When it comes to gaining an edge in a shortened season, history suggests that experience at the helm might be the difference between good and championship-caliber campaigns.

The great Mike Arace (can’t remember whether he’s the Woodward or the Bernstein) of the Columbus Dispatch researched the coaches who competed for championships in various sports during seasons that were shortened due to labor strife. What he found is quite enlightening. (He specializes in enlightenment – and pissing people off. The truth sometimes offends, but always sets you free.)

Coaches who appeared in league championships during shortened season:

Dick Williams

Sparky Anderson

Tommy Lasorda

Bob Lemon

Joe Gibbs (twice)

Don Shula

Dan Reeves

Greg Popovich

Jeff Van Gundy

Jacques Lemaire

Scotty Bowman

Rick Carlisle

Erik Spoelestra

Coaches who won shortened season championship

Dick Williams

Tommy Lasorda

Joe Gibbs (twice)

Greg Popovich

Jacques Lemaire

Erik Spoelestra

The only deviation from the rule that high-level, experienced coaching is the key to victory would be the most recent championship. The Miami Heat and their relative neophyte head coach Erik Spoelestra rolled to a ring last year. Of course they did employ some some guy named Lebron who is what NBA observers refer to as a “Baller”.

So which team(s) does this Golden Bench Boss Rule favor in the current Lockout shortened NHL season?

CHI - Quenneville

STL – Hitchcock

NYR – Tortorella

BUF – Ruff

Of course there is also a small percentage chance for the “Spoelestra – Just Stay Out Of The Way – Exception To The Rule” to come into play, but I’d go ahead and breath while waiting for that.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
S. Horcoff 60 8 13 3 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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