I joined Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk about the firing of head coach Dave Tippett and assistant coach Jim Playfair, what led to their dismissals and what to expect from Jay Woodcroft and Dave Manson. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2022, February 10).
Topics we covered:
- The timing of the firing, with the Oilers about to begin a crucial stretch of games.
- Tippett’s recent decision to start goaltender Mike Smith in back-to-back games, and why that was a bad idea. Referenced this 2013 article from Broadstreet Hockey, written by a blogger who is now an assistant general manager in Carolina.
- What to expect with Jay Woodcroft behind the bench and the impact he and Dave Manson have had on the development of key prospects in the Oilers system.
Thanks to the team at CBC for putting it all together!