Gallant is a good man and I always found him to be a stand-up guy. I wish him well. Going into the series I thought it would take a monumental collapse for a coaching change to even be a thought. Not only did we see that collapse but the the disjointed, unstructured and undisciplined freelancing was impossible to miss. They did not just lose but they lost in a way that suggested this team was a rudderless ship when the lights were brightest. I’ve thought about what went wrong with him, both here and in his prior stops. It seems like he’s always going to be a great regular season coach. He doesnt wear guys out, gives guys space to play their game. Backs them up in the media and is just fun to play for overall. In the playoffs, you need more than that. All five skaters need to be playing together as a unit. Based on what we saw in the Tampa series last year and in the Devils series this year, we were not getting that. Of all the coaches we’ve had over the past recent history, call it Renney to now, he is by far the least structured and coherent. Even AV had his system, the problem was that his system was all about transition and left his defenseman and goalies out to dry playing a man defense that is harder and harder to play in today’s NHL. Gallant’s system can best be summed up as “let guys be themselves”. Goodrow’s quote on breakup day which I posted the other day is damning. Goodrow has been on cup teams. He’s seen what it takes to win, and he knows this ain’t it. That quote to me was the beginning of the end. I’m sure a less sanitized version was told to Drury directly in the exit interviews. As to where we go from here, I have no idea. All of us can throw out cliches like structure and discipline, ability to adapt, accountability, etc. End of day we need a professional who is not going to run guys into the ground like Torts but will bring a balanced approach. I won’t even bother throwing out names, just please no red face Boudreau. Drury has to get this right. If this hire doesnt work we’ll be looking for a GM as well as yet another coach.