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Friday, July 08, 2005

nhl- Dave Lewis, a good Guy

from Mitch Albom and the Detroit Free Press, Like a lot of folks in Detroit, I've known Dave Lewis for a while. And that's the problem. He has been here as a player. He has been here as an assistant coach. And he has been here as head coach.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
In sports, it breeds the door.
So Lewis is out today as the Red Wings' skipper. What should we make of this? Well first, let's admit, just talking about hockey -- as if it's actually, you know, a sport that plans on playing sometime soon? -- is almost exhilarating, isn't it? I pretty much forgot we had a team.
But with this sudden news -- and this morning's scheduled news conference to deliver it officially -- I was reminded. I was also reminded that the Red Wings didn't do so hot on their last trip to the playoffs. And they did even worse the year before -- despite a really expensive payroll and some amazing talent. And Lewis was there for all of it.
So is anyone shocked that with a new season and a new collective bargaining agreement and a new roster looming on the horizon, the Red Wings would want a new coach? About the only reason they wouldn't let Lewis go is that he has been here for a while.
But, as I mentioned, that's the problem....read on...