He is your wise teacher, your greatest supporter, and your harshest critic.
He is your boss, and his words serve as a job review — daily, often publicly.
He is your head coach, for now.
Yes, with GMs (usually) speaking calmly and with less frequency, and with players embracing the safety of the cliché, there are few better ways to gauge the internal temperature of a hockey team.
Without further ado, we present our NHL Power Rankings: What Does the Coach Say? Edition.
As always, the clubs are listed in order of which ones we believe are the most dangerous today.
For the write-ups, we’ve handpicked a recent quote from all 31 bench bosses (thank you, beat reporters everywhere!) that speaks to each team’s current mood.
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1. Tampa Bay Lightning
“The Stamkoses, Callahans, the McDonaghs, the Girardis and Stralmans… you want to put them in positions to have success in those roles, but they have to take pride in that. That’s what the team is doing, taking pride in that.” —Jon Cooper on the depth of Lightning leadership.
2. Calgary Flames
“I think it’ll be good to get the time off for Gio.” —Bill Peters on Norris candidate Mark Giordano’s all-star game snub.
3. San Jose Sharks
“He’s just comfortable. It was a big transition off the ice personally and coming into a new dressing room, getting used to teammates, getting used to how we play and how his game fits inside our structure. There were