Procrastination is about as American a concept as apple pie, democracy and being fat. We all do it from time to time, even on some of the most important decisions in our lives. Usually there’s a reason for the urge to keep pushing things back. Whether it’s feeling unprepared, uncomfortable, or unwilling, procrastination usually tells a story.
Right now the Vegas Golden Knights are in the hunt to find the first coach in team history. Originally the plan was to wait until after the Expansion Draft to begin narrowing down the search, then the idea of doing it after the regular season ended seemed realistic, and now, it could happen as soon as tomorrow.
At this point, I’d say it’s 50-50 we have our head coach in place before the season’s over. –The Creator to LVRJ
Why the urgency all of a sudden you ask? Because maybe the perfect candidate is available right now and might not be in a few months.
The guy that’s caused the urgency is Gerrard Gallant. Jason touched on the importance of Gallant passing on the Islanders job and how it could signal his arrival in Vegas.
That brings me back to the whole procrastination thing. If Gallant does end up being the guy, every day that ticks away shows less and less confidence from George McPhee, The Creator, and the entire staff that he’s the perfect fit. There’s only one reason to procrastinate, and that’s to wait and see if someone better will come available.
Claude Julien? Alain Vigneault? Dave Tippett? Paul Maurice? Dan Bylsma? Or even someone who’s seat doesn’t appear hot at the moment. If McPhee likes Gallant, but waits to play the field, does he really like Gallant?
Every time Miss Abby and I decide to go out to eat we go through this same process. I throw out Applebee’s. She gives the lip raised, scrunched face, “eh” look. I say, “ok, then what are you feeling?” Chilis? No. Outback? Nah. Olive Garden? Meh. And the charade goes on for about 30 minutes and 50 restaurants. In the end, we go to Applebee’s, because that’s what came up first. Did we really want Applebee’s? Not necessarily, but nothing else sounded better. So we settled. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with Applebee’s, cause there’s not, that place is delicious. But imagine the difference if the conversation went like this.
“Where do you want to go to dinner?”
“Wow, that’s exactly what I hoped you’d say.”
“F*** Yeah! Let’s go to Applebee’s!”
I want Las Vegas to get the absolute best coaching option possible. Spare no expense to put the right person in place from the jump. I’m not saying Gallant isn’t that guy, in fact, of every name mentioned to this point, he’s my pick, but I’d have a much different view of what McPhee thinks of him if he’s hired by February than if he signs the dotted line in June.
I want the head coach of the Golden Knights to be “APPLEBEE’S!” not “I guess Applebee’s is fine.” And if Gerrard Gallant really is the the one, there’s no reason to wait. Hiring him now is a statement, hiring him in June… that’s settling.