On a side note I want to give Hynes credit. He over performed with his roster year after year while getting terrible goaltending. At the end of the day his golden child Hall is what caused his destruction. He was giving Hall 20+ minutes a night like he always was and Hall just wasn’t playing like the Hall we have seen in the past. Not sure if it was recovering from injury or he just simply didn’t care, but Hall was the problem.
Year 1: team improves by 6 points, goes from 6th worst in the league to 12th worst in the league.
Year 2: 3rd worst in the league.
Year 3: Taylor Hall almost singlehandedly drags the team into the playoffs, with help from Keith Kinkaid.
Year 4: 3rd worst in the league.
Year 5: 2nd worst in the league at the point of his firing.
Where’s the over performing year after year? One noteworthy season, and Hall actually won a trophy specifically because the rest of the team wasn’t playing very well.
Hynes got a bad team and took them to new lows. I don’t know that another coach would have fared any better, but let’s not act like the team wasn’t disastrous under him. Hall might be the reason he was fired this season, but he’s also the only reason he wasn’t fired years earlier.