This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.
Winter is a time for rebirth. A fresh start on a new journey and an excuse to forget what hasn't gone right so far. This happens enough times in the NHL where a coach - and sometimes, a general manager - gets canned when a team significantly and chronically underperforms. Management claim the 'different direction' argument, while concurrently praising and backslapping the departing staff member for his resume of achievements. There ultimately existed some form of disconnect between the coach and his players, so someone had to go. Or was this move really necessary?
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