Froggy wrote:The Bylsma hate is probably the most confusing aspect of our fandom. I don't get it. I really don't.
No, what you don't get is the difference between legitimate criticism and "hate".
Let me explain it to you:
When a coach leads his team to 3 straight disappointing playoff exits, much earlier than expected, in a city that has higher expectations than "good regular season record" (ala the Crapitals), and caps it off with one of the most historic embarrassments at the hands of the hated Flyers? He's going to get some scrutiny. Some unpleasant thoughts and opinions will come of it.
All the guy has done in his coaching career is:
-win a Stanley Cup (no coach has won more than that in the last 13 years)
-become the fastest coach in history to 200 wins
-lead his team to a conference #1 seed
-gained atleast 99 points in every regular season
-win the Jack Adams for coach of the year
-currently sits in 2nd for career win% of current coaches (4th all time)
plus, judging by interviews:
-is loved by the players
-is incredibly knowledgeable about the game/strategy/tactics/etc
Oh, but he likes to change lines too much and is in love with certain players apparently and was only a 4th line grinder in the NHL so he can't relate.
And the biggest knock on HCDB isn't his line changing antics, or his player career. It's his being outcoached in the playoffs, as well as seeming losing command of his players.
The regular season this year-- he seems to have done an admirable job addressing the latter. The former is yet to be seen. Get ready.