glen a richter wrote:
Gallant was really the best choice. There were a lot of coaches available but Gallant was the only one who wasn't fired for a legit reason. It's not his fault Florida stumbled early on, and firing him was a completely assholish, kneejerk move that one would more likely expect from the other asshole owner in Miami (Jeff Loria). He had the Panthers going in the right direction after years of relative ineptitude and I'm sure he'll get Vegas on the right track very quickly. We'll wait and see what their roster looks like but I don't really envision a team like the expansion Senators and their 10 win abortion of a season under Rick Bowness. I do envision a team like the expansion Panthers that only missed the playoffs by a point under Roger Neilson RIP.
I posted about this is another thread but I truly think Vegas could be right there with the Panthers (perhaps not literally) in how quickly they establish themselves. They get to pick a player a team with no other expansion having happened in the past 16 years. Far better group than the likes of the Thrashers, Preds, Wild or Jacket got to pick from, that's for sure.