Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 9/28/12
Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Can’t… Bored Canucks fans with no hockey to follow went crazy this week with the announcement that Dan Cloutier had been hired by Vancouver as a goaltending coach. Cloutier, despite technically being the third most successful goalie in franchise history, is not well remembered by Canuck fans. I could link some youtubes supporting this fact, but I don’t want to watch them and neither do you. Just go to really deep dark places in your mind and you’ll find them. It’s the absurdity of the notion that a goaltender who first popularized the beachball-as-puck meme teaching young goalies how to play the position that has everyone up in arms. It would be like Mitt Romney teaching young Republicans how to connect with voters. But really, is he that terrible of a hire? Let’s explore this in bullet-point form, say five of them. 1. Athletic talent does not equal coaching success This is easy. For obvious reasons Dan Cloutier is not well remembered by Canuck fans...
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