|Columbus 5 - St. Louis 2|
27-45-7, 5th in Central Division, 30th in NHL
I missed so much of the game that it's not fair to anyone involved to offer an assessment on what little I saw. Sorry.
|Is it time to look at Todd Richards as a|
legitimate candidate for the permanent
head coach of the CBJ?
I'd like to see Richards win a couple games that he wasn't supposed to with this type of roster. I want to see him coach the team to a win or two.A reader astutely pointed out that the streak of Colorado, Phoenix (x2) and Los Angeles made for a nice streak. While I didn't shoot down his assertion, I didn't entirely bite.
Now, I can't look away.
I don't care that Detroit, Florida and/or St. Louis may have bad nights. Richards has had a crappy roster hand to play - an ECHL goalie, a mutinous captain, AHLers and kids peppering the entire lineup, a blue line corps so weak that the one star talent has to play over half the freaking game, to rattle off a few - and somehow got this team to win all three games.
One win with that roster, that's luck. Two wins with that roster, that's really lucky. But three convincing wins? It just might be coaching.
Richards can only coach so well considering the players he's been given, and I daresay he's made a filet mignon out of Scott Howson's cubesteak of late. Considering what he's pulled off - both in game performance and in starting to detoxify the post-Hitchcock roster's locker room - I'll suggest that Todd Richards warrants a very, very serious look as a candidate for permanent head coach.
3 games left.
NEXT UP: Tuesday, 10PM (yay...) in the Valley of the Sun against Dave Tippett and his cadre of former Blue Jackets known as the Phoenix Coyotes.