Monday, January 11, 2010

How Is He Still Employed?

I'm sure many of you have noticed how awful our powerplay has been this season, but I don't know how many of you know that we are currently in dead last in the NHL. Yep, we're in 30th place with a pathetic 14.2% success rate.

I'm sure most of you don't really know that much about the man pictured above either. Well his name is Greg Carvel and he is a Sens assistant coach, in charge of our powerplay. This is his fifth season with the Sens, after joning the staff in the summer of 2004.

In his first season, we had the 4th best powerplay in the NHL, but given our roster at the time, I can hardly credit him for it, as I could have coached that team to finish 4th. Just to refresh your memory, our 2 PP lines that season had Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden (when he was still decent), Martin Havlat, Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Andrej Mesazros (who was good then) and maybe Mike Fisher, Antoine Vermette or Bryan Smolinski filling in as required. Not too shabby. Since then, it's been going downhill, although still respectable, with final finishes of 14th, 12th and 10th place in the league in the following seasons.

Despite declining statistics, he has managed to keep his job through 3 coaching changes, which is unheard of in NHL circles. Usually when the coach is let go, the entire staff goes with him, so to survive 3 separate changes is insane. His performance was decent as our PP coach but hardly someone who was a must keep, especially with those players he had on the roster. It was practically an all star team and their success could hardly been attributed directly to Carvel.

Now with the powerplay in dead last and an undisputed disaster, why does he still have a job? I thought Bryan Murray's big motto and philosphy was that people will be held accountable, apparently not. Take into consideration for the first quarter of the season we actually had a pretty decent powerplay, so if it wasn't for that, our PP percentage would be dead last by a lot. Half way through a season is enough to show me that it isn't working and he should be fired.

Nothing personal against Greg, but the results just aren't there and we need a change while we still have a chance to make the playoffs. I know part of it can be attributed to the multitude of injuries we have, but the powerplay was a mess long before Alfie, Spezza and Michalek went down. In my opinion, Carvel has been living on borrowed time and past accomplishments for far too long as is.

This is pro sports, where results matter and statistics don't lie, and right now we're in last place with no sign of us turning it around anytime soon. Someone has to pay the price and be accountable and his name is Greg Carvel.



Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm crazy but I had always thought that Carvel was more the PK coach than the PP. If he's coach of both, then perhaps keep him on as the PK specialist and bring in a new PP specialist? We've always had a decent penalty kill and if he helps with that then it would be a shame to let him go. If I'm mistaken and he does only coach the PP, then ya, can him.

Anonymous said...

Fire the GM, his best move since taking over the position is probably singing Donovan.

Anonymous said...

Carvel i believe is the PP and the PK coach, both of which have been awful the last while

Anonymous said...

Murray should fire himself if he wants accountability. Sure your right, this guy should go too, good point.


While we are at it we should fire the goaltending coach - can you do a piece on him tomorrow saying the same thing?

Anonymous said...

Greg Carvel is great coach, let me ask you this "mayor?" have you ever coached hockey... or even play hockey? you sound like a goof when you talk. P.S he is the P.K coach, make sure you know what you talking about before you start your takes on hockey.

The Mayor said...

He is the PK coach AND the PP coach thanks dude, maybe you should know what you're talking about when you're criticisizing

Anonymous said...

No dude he is not, Cory is the PP coach. Greg Carvel is the coaches the defense and he pk. but thanks for coming out

The Mayor said...

show me proof

Ben said...

Dude he is a defence coach, it make no sense that he would be the pp coach. Greg Carvel is the only coach that has been here through the changes (Paddock, Hartsburg) now Cluston. The power play is always the head coach.