As Eddie Olczyk would say, "Stop it right there!"
Less than 24 hours after firing David Quinn and thinking they had hired Dave Hakstol to be their new head coach, the San Jose Sharks found out they had been scooped by the Edmonton Oilers.
A full morning and afternoon of meetings between Hakstol and the Sharks GM lead to the original news, but 15 minutes of meetings with Oilers GM Jarrett swayed the young Hakstol back into the fold in Edmonton. The 3-year contract Hakstol signed with San Jose was humorously inked in Sharpie under the pseudonym Tonald Drump. Rather than the $300,000 a season announced by the Sharks, the Oilers made it known they would be paying the young head coach just $15 per hour. Based on the amount of work required to right the ship in Edmonton, experts agreed that would likely result in an outlay of about $300,000 per season.
When asked why his deal with the Sharks had fallen through, Hakstol didn't mince words, "We're talking about a GM that fully admitted he had no plan and claimed that was, in fact, his plan all along. What kind of plan is that? Sure, it works for GM Kevin, but he clearly has the sim figured out. Also, I have no interest in following in the footsteps of another coach named Dave. That just seems like bad mojo."
7.2.1 Hirings and Ratings - (i) Any Coach that is currently hired in the NHL is eligible to be hired in the NEFHL; unless, of course, that Coach has already been hired by another team in the NEFHL, in which case it would just be totally ridiculous to try and hire him/her, amirite?
Rules are rules. I don't make them, well... sometimes I do... but mostly I just know them inside out... until I forget them... because, let's be honest, there are a lot of rules...
Expect to see no further news from the league regarding this situation over the next couple of days.
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