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Mo or Laviolette - Who's the Better Coach?

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  • scousler May 8, 2009
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    I think both coaches are and were the right coaches at the right time for the Hurricanes. Lav was needed to energize an under performing young team when he came aboard and he did. Mo is much more an x's and o's coach whose strategies may have been lost on the younger 'canes of '05-'06 but can be more readily understood and adopted by the more experienced 'canes of today. In pro sports you can't really fire all the players mid season when they are not performing to potential - but you can always replace the coach and that has to send a msg to the players to get their you know what in gear or there will be a price to play in the off-season.

  • jerryleetha May 6, 2009
    Towel Boy

    Mo helped bring us the team we see today...so I think he is better. I really respect the way he is stoic thru games, no ranting, no cursing (our kids can read your lips). He is just a class act. I love this team!!!

  • StunGunn May 5, 2009
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    You're right, edits, Mo has changed from when he first coached the team. He has a dry sense of humor. After Game 1 against Boston before the press conference, the sound guy was counting to test the sound system and he had to keep counting - up to the teens, instead of "testing 1,2,3". When he got up to the teens, Mo said," I thought he was counting our turnovers." That was funny. To be able to crack a joke after such a disappointing loss is probably good. I also agree that having Ron Francis behind the bench is a great asset.

    Has anyone seen the sand sculpture of the Canes in Crabtree? It is the coolest thing - it's beautiful! I also saw on a CAT bus "Go Canes" in the front where they also show the bus route. I love seeing the city get into the spirit of supporting the Canes.

  • edits May 5, 2009
    Sports Legend

    Has anyone noticed that there was an associate or assistant coach on the Caps bench last might that looked like he and Mo could be brothers? - Just a random question.

  • ncguy May 5, 2009
    Sports Legend

    I like them both.

    Although I think Mo is less arrogent.

  • Kane May 5, 2009
    Towel Boy

    I kind of like the idea that Mo didn't crack a smile when the Canes won game 7. I think it's kind of sexy in a weird way. That's just me though.

    Ms. Kane

  • Shiger May 5, 2009
    Towel Boy

    When we won game 7 against NJ, Mo did not even crack a smile. What is up with that? It's kind of weird.

  • edits May 5, 2009
    Sports Legend

    I like both coaches. I like Mo better now than I did before he was replaced with Lavi. He actually seems to have chilled out a bit with his personality and sense of humor. I think what actually has made a big difference in the team, along with bring Mo back, is Ron Francis behind the bench. We cannot discount his input, insight and experience and major kudos to Tom Barrasso as well.

  • phil5 May 4, 2009
    Towel Boy

    Mo without a doubt. Not because Mo's playing style is better or he has better pairings or lines but because of how Mo uses Tom Rowe, Ron Francis and Tom Barasso. You can see Ron and Tom working behind the bench with respective charges. Mo is like the HC who has good Offensive and Defensive Coordinators. And Tom Barasso has done a masterful job with Cam Ward. Phil Esposito, who played with Barasso, says he can see Barasso in the way Ward carries himself on the ice, smooth play, the calmness, etc. I suspect Glen Wesley is assisting with the D-men too.

    Whoever said Mo keeps the ship on an even keel is right on also. Mo's job is confidence and attitude. We are more chippy than ever before with Mo in as Coach. Guys who never and I mean NEVERR hit are now forechecking. Forwards are getting back on Defense and helping out. This is a better team than it was when Peter Lavoilette was coaching it.

    Mo has adjusted to the rules we have to play with. Peter did a great job with the new rules and won a Stanley Cup. And he was a one trick pony.

  • VT1994Hokie May 4, 2009
    Sports Legend

    Both are great coaches. Owners fire people when they slip. Peter won it all, then was fired. Mo has matured since he was here the first time and I think that the players are responding to him--right now.

  • redistrumps May 4, 2009
    Sports Legend

    I probably would have said Laviolette a couple of months ago, but not now for 2 reasons:

    1- Mo has us in Round 2
    2- Peter predicted the Devils would take care of us in Round 1

  • kennywalters May 4, 2009
    Sports Legend

    I think they each have their strong points. I think Maurice may be a better coach now than when he was here previously. Lavi kept trying to run everything exactly as he did in '06 and, unfortunately, the teams that the Canes play had adjusted to that. Ultimately, Lavi's inability to change things up hurt him and the team. Maurice came in with a different perspective and has made some good adjustments. Making Cam Ward the #1 goalie in more than name only was the biggest IMO. Once he didn't have to worry about Leighton getting a start after every bad game, his game really came around. He started playing like one of the top goalies in the game because he was able to loosen up under Maurice. Of course, Rutherford bringing Eric Cole back didn't hurt Maurice either.

  • Msburch May 4, 2009
    Towel Boy

    I think they are both good coaches in their own unique ways. Laviolette coached the Canes to our First Stanley Cup. Paul Maurice jump started the team back in a winning path. It is yet to be seen if the Canes can pull off another Stanley Cup with Maurice at the helm.

  • StunGunn May 4, 2009
    Sports Legend

    Mo certainly has more history with the team, but IMO neither man deserved to be fired. I was shocked in December, not that Laviolette was fired , because that's what happens these days, but that he was replaced with the previously fired coach, Paul Maurice.

    Peter Laviolette had just become the winningest American-born coach in November, and he got canned in December - TWO years after coaching the Canes to the Stanley Cup. It seems to me that he was being sacrificed to jump start the team, and it did seem to work. Fair? Not in my opinion.

    Last night, however, Paul Maurice illustrated why he was brought back. The Canes were flat in Game 1 with Boston, but completely turned things around in Game 2. Mo should get some of the credit for righting the ship and making the proper adjustments. Yes, the players have to play the game, but they were well coached to facilitate their improved playing.

    In the end, I think both men are good coaches, but it will only be a matter of time before Mo - if he is retained, and I think he will be - is fired once again. That's just the way it is in professional sports.

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