The Stars officially announced today the firing of Dave Tippett and the hiring of new head coach Marc Crawford. Mark Lamb has also been given the boot.
I make it no secret I was a big fan of Tippett, but I will give Crawford a chance. The numbers, however, aren’t too uplifting. He was fired by the Kings in 2008, so he was not coaching during the 08-09 season, so here are the compareable numbers between both coaches between the 02-03 and 07-08 seasons.
Tippett: 235-121-54 With the Stars
Crawford: 189-163-58 With the Canucks and Kings
That is a big difference. The one thing he has going for him was winning a Stanley Cup, which Tippett has not done. But that was also in 1996, 13 years ago. I’m going to admit, I am definitely a tad worried about this upcoming season. But here’s hoping that Crawford can prove me wrong in thinking he was a bad choice for coach.