"It's something I've been aspiring to for the past 11 years. Still, when the opportunity came I wanted to be sure I aligned myself with the right GM," he added, referring to former Kingston Canadian Scott Howson.Pleasantries accomplished, the article morphed into a commentary from Don Cherry that, surprise-surprise, I kinda agree with...
"My only question is why did it take so long?" Donald S. Cherry asked the caller from Kingston.
"Scotty's one of the new breed of NHL coaches; Kirk (Muller) will be there, too, you wait and see, and Kevin Dineen. These guys played the game, know the game, know what it takes. Most of them were second-, third-, fourth-line players. Look at the best baseball managers. Very few stars, eh?
"Stars do it," Ol' Highcollar stated. "The others learn to do it."There's something to that school of thought. Think about it - Wayne Gretzky was amazing on the ice and mediocre at best behind the bench. And it also is at the core of my skepticism about Steve Yzerman as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Yzerman, however, had the good sense to study the craft for four years under one of the best GM's in the business, Ken Holland, before striking out on his own.)
Arniel, however, is one of those guys who had to learn. And he did.
So whaddya know...I was able to look beyond Don Cherry's bluster and wardrobe. Go figure.