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Old 03-05-2021, 02:06 PM   #1141
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I feel somewhat bad for Ward in this situation. I wonder if the notion of keeping him on as an assistant was discussed at all? He was minding his own business as an assistant last year when everything came off the rails with Peters suddenly, was thrust in to the top job, and just couldnít quite make it work (add the pandemic in with all of that as well). Now, heís out on the street.

Seems like a somewhat abnormal trajectory by which heís found himself unemployed - I too hope he can find a decent gig.

Iím sure Ward is a pro but that would be another elephant in the room, demoting him and keeping him around
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I feel somewhat bad for Ward in this situation. I wonder if the notion of keeping him on as an assistant was discussed at all? He was minding his own business as an assistant last year when everything came off the rails with Peters suddenly, was thrust in to the top job, and just couldnít quite make it work (add the pandemic in with all of that as well). Now, heís out on the street.

Seems like a somewhat abnormal trajectory by which heís found himself unemployed - I too hope he can find a decent gig.
Too awkward to keep him. Plus Treliving was saying he didnít keep the players accountable.

I feel bad for how it went down but Iím sure he will be an AC somewhere. Plus heís getting $1.8m for coaching less than half a season.
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Old 03-05-2021, 02:36 PM   #1143
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It didn't work out, and I felt he deserved to be fired, but I definitely feel for the guy. Came into a tough situation and actually had the team working well last year. I think we beat Dallas if Tkachuk wasn't hurt.

I really wonder how much of that success was based on Peters though. The fact that he is a crappy human being and racist aside, Peters had the team playing well, and even though they struggled out of the gate in 2019-20, I still felt he was a really good head coach. With Ward running his first training camp this year, it certainly seemed like the first opportunity to introduce his own system and own methods wasn't conducive to success with this group. Wish him the best, perhaps the Oilers can hire him and have a full trio of Flames ex head coaches as assistants.

Interestingly enough, Ward has the 6th highest winning percentage as coach of the Flames, and 3rd best playoff record. He'll be back in the NHL as an assistant soon.

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Old 03-05-2021, 03:56 PM   #1144
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Feel bad for Geoff. Never like to see a good guy lose his job. I 100% blame the players. They took advantage of another player’s coach and coasted. Now they’ve reaped what they sowed, this group will be tested. They’ll find out a lot about themselves with a coach like Darryl. Just the intensity and fear from his glare alone is enough for some of these guys to crap themselves. Good luck to Ward, he’s a good coach, good teacher and a smart hockey guy. Hope he finds a way to get back on his feet with another organization.
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Old 03-05-2021, 04:32 PM   #1145
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Never want to see anyone lose their job. I'm glad he got a 2 year deal and he has a good chunk of pay to help him into his next role. I wouldn't be surprised if he isn't an assistant somewhere when next season starts.
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Hope he gets a run like Rick Bowness someday.
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The truth of the matter is that this organization refuses to pay for top-tier coaching.
So glad we can put this to rest now.
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So glad we can put this to rest now.

We all are.

I am glad it is now not true
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Old 03-05-2021, 06:04 PM   #1149
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I think Ward’s a good coach. But this team lacks good veteran leadership and needs a serious kick in the butt. Ward isn’t the kind of coach to do that unfortunately.
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Old 03-05-2021, 06:09 PM   #1150
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I will forever be baffled as to how he got the job in the first place. After that playoff debacle against Dallas he should have never been given the job.

It's like Treliving was turned down by all the proven coaches that were available and so he just said F it, let's stick with the guy we know for now and hope for the best.
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