If you have read this blog before, then you know my stance on Q. I have fears around his level of coaching competence. Lets see, he uses players so very wrongly, over plays certain ones while never giving others the shot they deserve, the lack of team cohesion is overwhelmingly obvious, the defensive positioning a joke, along with the power-play, and I never hear him say the right thing in an interview, just to name a few things, and believe me that there is more.
The Haviland firing was certainly interesting, and now Q replaces Havi with another one of his buds from St. Louis. Could things get any worse within the administration? Well, lets talk about it for a moment. But first, read these 2 posts on the internet that give weight to my argument. First is a nice little diddy at Second City Hockey about Kompon, and then another at ESPN about the dysfunction in the administration. Wow, huh?
Yep, even though I was blasted at Second City Hockey 2 years ago for saying very similar things, the hockey world has finally come over to my side and see the incompetencies of Mr. Q. But what does all of this recent hiring and firing nonsense mean?
It seems my worst fears are correct. I have personally wanted Q gone since the moment he came over, and it was hard for me to take the reality of the contract handed to him after winning the Cup. I saw all of this, well, most of it coming in terms of the Hawks performance. Without a Blockbuster roster, the Hawks were looking at some serious systemic concerns. I just figured that 2 off seasons would allow Havi to step up and into Q's spot.
Now we are left with a choice between two evils. In one evil, the Hawks fail as a team, but lose the bad weight caused by an inconsistent coaching staff, maybe to do better in the following years. But, can the Hawks and fans handle that and which players get thrown under the bus, or get wrongfully traded? In the other, the Hawks do fairly well with their strong roster, beefed up by prospects and a few well placed signings or trades. But, they are never quite good enough to win it all, and face many years of inconsistent results, and early exits from the playoffs. I am not happy with either of the scenarios.
Why, because there is dysfunction in the organization. I was trying to deny it, but it does seem to me that you are either in the Quenneville camp, or the Bowman camp, and both sides have powerful players. Can the team survive this family feud?
The hiring of Kompon tells me a few more things. It lets me know that Q is not even as smart as I thought, and that he might truly believe he can fix this team with his hockey know-how. Or, maybe he knows how strong of a roster he really has, and just assumes the players will save his job with an awesome performance this year. This just might happen, but hiring a guy who was a part of the problem in LA, and part of a power-play problem on top of it, speaks about the motives behind Q's choice. Now, not only do I not think he can coach, but I also question his ethics. As a business owner, and long time manager of people, I can say without a doubt that it is never a good idea to hire your friends on that basis alone.
My predictions, or maybe this is more of a hope; the Hawks start off strong and quickly start falling because of the same old, same old. Q gets let go somewhere around late December and the team gets their act together by the playoffs. It might be more of a hope.
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