I was excited when it was announced that Willie Desjardin was announced the head coach of the Texas Stars. Sure we will miss his last minute pulled goalie whiteboard plays in Dallas, but maybe now there would be some continuity between what is happening down in Austin and what is happening in Dallas. Maybe now we have a head coach down in Austin that has the best interest of the Dallas Stars in mind.
Through the first 4 games, The 8th overall pick in 2009 has been riding the pine, and last years NCAA offensive leader and hobey barker nominee has played in 1 of 4 with limited minutes. One could make excuses through the first two games, they wanted to get tough guys like gazdic and tousignant into the play when they expected brutal competition, and then they didn't want to mess with a winning lineup, but the stars have been beaten handily in their last 2, including a game last night where Mike Hedden was scratched in favor of... Not Glennie... Not Austin Smith... But a seventh defensemen, the veteran Tyler Sloan.
In a league that is packed with NHL talent due to the lock out, teams are deeper than ever, including the Texas Stars. Having a short bench at forward is not going to help especially on the second night of back to back to back games. They needed a full bench and they needed fresh legs, which they have plenty of. They did not need another veteran defensemen causing pairing issues on the back end.
The title of this post is admittedly extreme, and I don't think that firing him after 4 games would be a good strategy, but Willie has to start making some changes soon.
I don't mind the losses, but give these kids a shot. Glennie may not be the player we expected him to be, but he is still a great player who made great strides down the stretch last season, and he not only deserves, but needs a shot to build off of those late season successes and prove himself. He has not been given that shot, and for seemingly no good reason.
I see no reason why he should not be getting top 6 minutes, the second line that has been largely based off of chemistry from last years failed season is not doing us any favors. It can't hurt to give the speedy, talented and defensively sound Scott Glennie a shot. A real shot.