OTPP: John Tortorella is Back and Other NHL Coaches on the Hotseat

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Powerplay with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

Dave and Ben are here as always to talk about the news of the week.

The biggest story in the NHL is the firing of Todd Richards in Columbus, and the hiring of John Tortorella, as he makes his return behind the bench.  Is this the right move to get the Blue Jackets, who lost 7 in a row under Richards, back on track?  What did Richards do wrong?  What will Tortorella do differently? and What does it mean for players like Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Johanssen and more?  How do we feel about Vancouver getting compensation for Columbus hiring their fired coach?

We then look around the NHL and see who else might be on the hot seat.  Could Bruce Boudreau be ousted in Anaheim due to their inability to score goals?  Could Darryl Sutter in Los Angeles, or Mike Johnston in Pittsburgh be on the hotseat for the same reasons? Who could be in line as their potential replacements?  What would be the best place for Randy Carlyle to land?

The boys also look at the impacts of injuries to Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks.  How will their teams cope with these significant injuries to star players.  They look at the depth behind them, and the internal options their teams will have in looking for a replacement.

Dave and Ben also look at the red-hot Montreal Canadiens and examine reasons for the team’s record breaking start.

All this and more, in this week’s edition of On the Power Play.

OTPP: John Tortorella is Back and Other NHL Coaches on the Hotseat


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