Posted tagged ‘Don Granato’

Time to Kick it in to Gear-Don Granato Gone as Coach of the Wolves

October 19, 2009

I’m here in Cincinnati checking my email and there is the press release I’d been hoping for.

Don Granato and Jason Christie have finally been let go.

I know they tried but something never quite clicked under them.  I appreciate the effort but this team has seemed like it’s been going through the motions for too long.  The change was needed.

Now it’s on the players and it’s time to kick it in to gear and start playing like they can.

Go Wolves!


Don Granato Has Got to Go…

October 16, 2009

sinking-ship Jason Krog has never received a misconduct in his professional career…until tonight when he slammed his stick against the glass and shattered it (the glass not his stick!) during the Wolves’ 4-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs.

This team looks as bad this year as it did at the end of last year.  At this rate the Wolves will be out of the playoffs before the season gets underway.  Although Coach says he hates to lose, apparently there’s a disconnect because with the exception of Jason Krog, losing has become the norm with this club.

Wendell, I know that letting someone go is never easy, and it’s a drag that as the new GM you’re going to have to be the heavy to a guy you coached with, but it needs to be done. 

Like now…

Wolves Run Aground Against Admirals -Out of Playoff Hunt

April 5, 2009
The Man Behind the Helm of the Wolves

The Man Behind the Helm of the Wolves

With the calmness and coolness of the Captain of the Titanic, Coach Don Granato let his team drift into oblivion for the ’08-’09 season after never getting control of the ship all year.

With the loss to the Milwaukee Admirals today, the Wolves have failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in their illustrious history.  As I sat in Milwaukee watching today, I found it hard to believe that the team I was watching took 57 minutes to finally  play with something resembling desperation. 

The fans of the Wolves, and the AHL, deserve better.

A Winning Work Ethic? It’s Not What I see, Coach Granato.

March 31, 2009

Ok, at first I was going to do a video rant about last nite and ask twitterville to make it viral, but I decided against it.  So,  I waited 24 hours after the debacle so that I could cool down and not say something I’d be sorry for.

I wouldn’t be so ticked about the loss to Milwaukee (Ok, maybe I would be) if I didn’t read the article entitled “Work Ethic” in the new, Breakaway magazine (which is a great idea and looks great!).

You see, the article is about Head Coach, Don Granato and discusses his philosophy.

“My coaching philosophy is simple: it is based solely on work ethic, and this team has proven day in and day out that the philosophy works.”

Ooookay, now it’s clear someone doesn’t see what I (and others!) see. 

This Wolves team is only three games above .500 and 3 points out of the final playoff spot, tied for 5th place with Iowa only 2 points ahead of Quad Cities.  In the worst case, but still realistic scenario, the Wolves could finish in 7th(!!!) place.  

Is this indicative of a work ethic that is good? 

If so, your standards are waay too low, Coach.

Call us Wolves fans spoiled, but I see (more…)

When is a Broken Stick a Sign?

January 31, 2009
Broke Multiple Sticks in Loss Tonite

Broke Multiple Sticks in Loss Tonite

Well, the Chicago Wolves dropped a heartbreaker to the Milwaukee Admirals Friday night.

The key goal was a shot that Pavelec saved but then gave up a rebound to the slot which a wide open Kelsey Wilson ripped into an empty net.   Pavelec then responded, furiously breaking his stick over the cross bar.  He then went to the bench, got a stick and broke that one.  Grabbed a third and kept it for the game.

In defense of Pavelec, the shot was low and hard to control. 

Yes, he should have controlled the rebound better.  But, a goalies responsibility is the first shot.  Rebounds are the responsibility of defensemen.  Wilson was WIDE open and not a Wolves player was even close to him when he scored.

Pavelec may have broken the stick because he got down on himself for giving up a rebound on a shot that even the best goalies have a tough time controlling (and he’s one of the best in the AHL!).  I think there was also latent frustration in missed defensive assignments that led to the stick breaking as well.


He got a two minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. Not a good thing when you have to come from behind late in the third period.

The game before Brett Sterling got a penalty for mouthing off as well.

Players are starting to take selfish penalties and that’s not a good sign.  There’s a frustration among the players that’s starting to show and when teammates get frustrated with the team-that’s not good.

I think Coach Granato is back on YELLOW ALERT.

Playing Well Enough For A Tie

January 14, 2009


Well, the Chicago Wolves, thanks to a shortie by Jordan LaVallee and some shootout sharpshooting, ended their 7 game losing streak.

While the power play was again pretty punchless, there were some signs of life as the general quality of passing was cleaner.  A couple of decent follow through checks were also nice to see tonight for a change.

It was clear that the Wolves were finally happy to get this losing monkey off their backs as goaltender Robert Gherson repeatedly pumped his fists at the end of the game and the players celebrated with a joviality worthy of clinching a playoff round.

Alas, this is only one win and not a very decisive one at that.  The Don Granato Watch is still in effect…

In other good news: The Blackhawks beat the Sabres 4-1; though they should be thankful for an inept Buffalo PP that couldn’t score on 8 straight minutes of PP.

Are Don Granato’s Days Numbered as Coach of the Wolves?

January 11, 2009

As we were leaving the Chicago Wolves game tonight, a row of cars at a nearby Honda dealer were all blinking their headlights and windshield wipers were going-all the alarms had been set off.

Tonight I watched another alarm go off as the Wolves played another lackluster game in which they played, perhaps, only 20 minutes of a 60 minute game with passion and drive.   The result was  a 3-2 loss to the Peoria Rivermen.

This team has lost it’s punch.  It’s not playing with any passion.

No fighting.

No crushing checks.

No displays of broken sticks.

They are stoic and disciplined in their losing.  They are mirroring the stonefaced  steadiness of their coach, Don Granato.

Only Jordan LaVallee and  Steve Martins showed any sense of remorse tonight.

They’ve lost 6 in a row, 8 out of 9, and are firmly in 6th place only a game above .500.

Wolves’ management does not take lightly to not making the playoffs and while the season is only half over, a passionless slide into the cellar will not be tolerated.

The worst thing about this slide is that for 10 or 15 minutes of each game (usually the last 10 or 15) they play with desperation and show how they can really play.   This team shouldn’t be playing this poorly.

Something, or someone, needs to change…