Can someone please fill us newer fans in on tr legend and history of this man?
If he likes defensively responsible hockey I have a feeling half our team will be sitting. I think Girgenson and Ott are our only capable forwards in their own zone (am I forgetting anyone else?)
He likes hard working
hockey. During his tenure here, the team's motto/nickname was "the hardest working team in hockey." He was a very good coach who won the Jack Adams award right before Regier was hired. When Regier was hired, he offered Nolan only a one-year extension on his expiring contract, presumably because he wanted to evaluate him and get his own man in there if he didn't like Nolan. Nolan rejected the one-year tender and was replaced with Ruff.
I was as unhappy with that situation as I was with the Ruff firing. Nolan really was a good coach who got a lot out of some marginal players.
There also is a rumor that he was schtupping Hasek's wife.