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How Might Quinn Handle Eklund, Bordeleau?

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“I’m very curious to see what he takes from his experience with the Rangers and how he can become a better coach now in his second go-around. I think it really was a learning experience for him.”

That’s New York Rangers beat reporter Vince Mercogliano of USA Today, looking forward to what David Quinn does with the San Jose Sharks.

Sharks fans don’t seem to be as excited.

Quinn, most recently head coach of the Rangers from 2018-21, is set to replace Bob Boughner behind the Sharks’ bench. Quinn went 96-87-25 in the Big Apple, missing the playoffs in all three seasons.

He’ll be introduced to San Jose media this coming Tuesday morning.

San Jose Sharks fans are seeing shades of Boughner in Quinn: Boughner, like Quinn, flamed out in his first stint as an NHL head coach with the Florida Panthers, then couldn’t get the Sharks back into the playoffs in his two-and-a-half San Jose seasons.

Fans, of course, always want “the guy with the fresh ideas,” your Ryan Warsofsky or Spencer Carbery, who have no NHL head coaching experience but tremendous success below that rung – or your proven vet, your Gerard Gallant or Barry Trotz.

SOURCE: Ryan Warsofsky Has Interviewed for Sharks Head Coach

SOURCE: Spencer Carbery Has Interviewed for Sharks’ Head Coach

Quinn, of course, was once “the guy with the fresh ideas” when the Rangers hired him in May 2018.

So he wasn’t the next Jon Cooper. Not everybody can jump from a lower league to two Stanley Cup championships, two Final losses, and two Conference Finals losses, all in the span of just nine full seasons, like Cooper did.

GM Mike Grier’s hope, instead, is that Quinn can follow the path of Gallant or Craig Berube or Mike Sullivan or Claude Julien, head coaches who failed in their first (and sometimes, second) NHL stop before finding undeniable success behind the bench.

So what does Mercogliano think that Quinn has to learn this time around? Are Sharks fans justified in their lack of excitement about this hire?

I spoke with Mercogliano in a two-part series, and while his answers won’t reassure Sharks fans, it was a fascinating, balanced conversation that points to things that may make or break Quinn’s tenure with the San Jose Sharks.

In Part 1, I talk to Mercogliano about Quinn’s handling of the Rangers’ youth.

“I think sometimes he might have been a little too quick to penalize them or cut down on their ice time. It made some guys feel like they were walking on eggshells a little bit.” (Mercogliano, on Quinn’s reputation for benching young players quickly because of on-ice mistakes)

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Jojoshark

Play the young guys through thick and thin. Quit giving them 3 or 4 games to prove themselves before sending them down. Give them more like 30 games. I know the last few years have been different with covid, but it sure looked like some guys from the minors were playing better than some vets yet they got sent down.

Bob D

You can’t generalize like this because of the politics involved with the drafting of young players. A first or second round pick is going to keep getting all the chances they need until they are “successful” in some way because nobody wants to admit they made a bad decision. They will keep trying to make that player look or seem like a good decision until they can find a face-saving out, whereas players drafted in later rounds get a few shots, and unless they are instantly amazing in some way, they are eternal minor leaguers, traded, or released, because they… Read more »

Peter Peterlini

Good article. Critiquing the coach is pretty difficult from a fan perspective in some cases. You just never know what’s going on behind the scenes, and fans tend to side with their young prospects over the coach as they usually invest a lot of time reading mock drafts and scouting reports and building a prospect up in their mind, assuming that the problem (should one arise) lies with the coach in most cases. But bottom line, if you have a player that just isn’t committing to the kind of game that’s required in today’s NHL at a minimum, as a… Read more »

KE

Excellent comment. Mine may not be so popular. I thought it totally disrespectful of Shane Wriight to glare at the Havs table. If I were a scout at that table I would have said “see y’all why we didn’t pick him”. There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence. Wright’s going to find out real fast when he gets with the big boys. Not taking anything away from him or his talent but you just don’t glare and disrespect adults – so if he is going to do that I can’t imagine him getting into a system he doesn’t like.… Read more »

david barnard

i don’t mind holding a popular young talent to a “standard”, as long as it’s really a standard for youth and vets alike. how many times have we seen with Deboer and Boughner not hold a veteran accountable to this supposed “standard”? “Oh, those players have earned more rope.” well then, it isn’t a standard then, now is it. as for Eklund, i hope he’s utilized correctly. you’ll never convince me he’ll benefit from playing a role other than high-end playmaker, with players who can benefit from his playmaking skills. you stick him with guys who struggle to find the… Read more »

Bob D

Good point on variable ‘standards’. Kane seemed to be exhibit a in this regard, but again we don’t want any second guessing of a max deal

Alaskan_ice

Quinn has said in an interview that he’s learned a lot since head coaching the Rangers. I will have faith in his statement. I’m hoping he can do better with this team. Time will tell.

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