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.