Waddell: No coaching change this season

Not every decision Don Waddell has made has been a good one. He’s in a
tough situation in Atlanta, but his inability to hold on to his top
players has to be alarming. He certainly tried his best with Ilya
Kovalchuk, and not every situation was his fault. His decision to not
make a coaching change before the end of the season, despite the
Thrashers most likely falling out out of the playoff hunt with a
six-game losing streak,
is one of his better ones.

Q. Will you make a coaching change between now and the end of the
year?

A. No.

Q. Will that be something you would look at as part of the
end-of-year evaluation?

A. I think everything has to be evaluated. Obviously, if we don’t get
to where we want to be all positions need to be evaluated. It’s part of
the business. We all want to win and have success and make the playoffs
and if we don’t reach our goals that we feel were  attainable you have
to look at every avenue in the organization.

Too many times teams are quick to make coaching changes as they fight
the quest to win as soon as possible. It works for some teams — the
Penguins come to mind — but generally mid-season changes don’t so much
for an immediate change.

John Anderson is a good coach who has had incredible success at the
AHL level. He deserves to have the chance to not only continue to build
the team with Waddell, and at least deserves a shot to finish the
season. That is, of course, if Waddell and Anderson are still in Atlanta
next season.

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