Perhaps, all general managers should consider stepping behind the bench when making a coaching change.
Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray did exactly that when he decided he didn’t like the way the team was playing under coach Randy Carlyle during a seven-game losing streak and a stretch of 19 losses in 21 games. He named himself interim coach for the remainder of the season.
Yes, a coaching change can bring a turnaround. The Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues are the league’s hottest teams after making moves earlier in the season.
But a general manager behind the bench adds pressure on the players. They’re not just trying to impress someone for playing time. They’re trying to impress their boss to hang on to their jobs.
Murray, who had never coached an NHL game before Wednesday, had complained that the team wasn’t playing with emotion. And in the 1-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks, the emotion was evident.
Jacob Silfverberg, a potential unrestricted free agent who could be traded by Murray, gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead…