I know that I have posted way too may fan posts on this topic, and I promise that this is my last one, at least until the end of the season.
As of todays date, only 9 teams have a difference between their budget ranking and NHL ranking of more than 5 spots. The winners are Detroit, Tampa Bay, Phoenix, LA, and Dallas - they are cracking the barrier by outperforming significantly. The losers are Calgary, NY Rangers, NJ, and Ottawa - they are lowering the bar by underperforming significantly.
The rest of the NHL, 21 of 30 teams, have a budget ranked within five spots of their actual NHL ranking. Of these teams, Carolina is a +3 being a budget team at 24 but placed 21.
So while many people blame Maurice for being a poor coach, he is producing results similar to 21 other coaches in the league. Yes, he is not the best. No, he is not the worst. But he is performing comparative to two-thirds of the coaches in the NHL, and with a current +3, he is actually doing fairly well.
While Peter Laviolette struggled to coach the Canes post 2006, he seems to be doing quite well in Philly, is that a result of his talent, or budget?
If Maurice were fired, I doubt anyone else could do significantly better; so would begin a constant circle of head coaches.
Data is below.
|NHL RK.||Team||Pts.||Payroll||Cap RK.||Cap RK. - NHL RK.||Dev. >5||Dev. Count||Accept./Unaccept.|