Who's the best offensive minded coach in the NHL

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  1. MC2D

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    Another thread of sullivan vs coach Q got me thinking so many coaches play trap or slow hockey. Who's the best up-tempo offensively minded coach in the NHL? One who breeds creativity and speed but still has good structure to their team.
     
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    Laviolette has that rep
     
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    Some coaches are breeding players?
     
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    I might agree but the Preds don't really play a "fast game". They like getting pucks deep in the offensive zone and activating their defense. Their offensive zone play is really fun though. Lots of FtoD handoffs and D's exchanging at the line.
     
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    Hawks always had an outstanding counter attack and movement in the o-zone without sacrificing too many defensive breakdowns. - especially in their glory days. A lot of the successful western conference teams went with physicality and size but the hawks beat them with their speed and skill.
     
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    Cassidy?
     
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    Took Philly to the finals without a goalie right after Simon Gagne's play fell off, Philly top 3 in goals the next 2 years, had a lot of success and I don't know if he's ever had a top 15 forward.
     
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    Bruce Boudreau probably has the greatest impact on inflating GF of any coach.
     
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    Boudreau
     
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    Whichever has the best offensive players.
     
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    Can't believe I didn't think of BB. Definitely him .
     
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    I think it is Boudreau for sure.
     
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    Another vote for Boudreau.

    AV isn't a bad vote but he isn't currently coaching. His system is all offense and mostly thoughts and prayers for defense.

    Torts and Lavi used to be more in that mold but changed their coaching strategy over the years.
     
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    Randy Carlyle is pretty good at allowing the other teams offensive to go all out.... does that count?
     
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    Cassidy definitely opened up the Bruins from what Julien was doing and got the most goal scoring out of his roster the last few years. He has has no talent outside of the top line and Debrusk this year.
     
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    What Alain Vignault got out of NYR offensively was pretty impressive considering they had no elite offensive players
     
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    I disagree with the AV votes. Every time I watched rangers play they always capitalized on other teams mistakes and would always collapse in front of Henrik in the d zone. They would try the home run stretch pass a lot

    My homer vote goes to Hynes who preaches fast, attacking, supporting. The devils do not have nearly enough fire power and talent to make him look like a top offensive coach. Devils pinch a lot and are always thinking offensive and in return give up lots of odd man situations. The system is basically you get the puck and you go, do not regroup to keep possession and let the other team set up defensively.

    If hynes coached Tampa they would probably average 5 goals per game
     
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    Not a head coach anymore, but Lindy Ruff was a good offensive minded coach
     
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    I think Cooper has had a good offensive mind as our coach. We are always near the top in goals. We play fast and structured. Only thing I can say is that our offense has gone dry late in the playoffs and Coop is definitely partly responsibly for that. He needs to be better at making offensive adjustments in these situations. So I wouldnt put him as the best offensive mind but hes up there.
     
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    Was going to say Vigneault until I got to this part. It was literally an EA sports system. Home-run passes, chasing the puck around the D-zone, players flying up ice, no cycling, relying almost completely on excellent goal-tending.
     
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    On offense alone I think there’s a real argument for Boughner
     
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    Laviolette, Green, gallant, Bednar,Hakstol changes by the week.
     
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    Hakstol doesn't belong on this list or any list involving superlatives.

    I would say Laviolette would be my pick.
     

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