Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

January is Clash month here at the Outsider, so we're starting a recurring feature called "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Not the great of the band's output (I prefer "Police On My Back" or "Train In Vain," myself), but a great title for this segment.

With a playoff berth looking less and less likely, lets take a moment and discuss who in the Atlanta Thrashers organization should stay and who should go during the inevitable off-season blowup (and, if we're really lucky, the start of a new five year plan). Some pros, some cons, some kibitzing, the usual. Let's keep it simple to start. Who's up first?

Yeah. Go.


HC John Anderson

Seriously, asking this guy to make a playoff contender out of this team is like asking Robert Pattinson to get out of the mall food court alive, unharmed and fully clothed. But still, some are already wanting to show him the door for the lack of progress.

Pros: Almost frighteningly upbeat; has (arguably) gotten more out of less than any other Thrashers coach (here's just one example, via Thrashers Recaps); not averse to a youth movement; lots of prior success with current & future NHLers; willing to take chances on strange line combos; the mongoose.

Cons: Almost frighteningly upbeat; still somewhat untested as the head coach of a real NHL team; no longer sports the sweet 'stache:

Verdict: Stay.

Tomorrow, more candidates!


Thrashers Recaps said...

Whoah, I didn't know Anderson looked like such a badass back then. Thanks for the link btw!

aaron said...

Johnny A. .... a veritable golden god.