Feels like a press release but that's okay (inasmuch as the company understands how important it is to put this sort of message out there).
It's also so typical of Hayes to get something (probably) so wrong, either because he just misses things or because as a general columnist he doesn't follow the team closely enough. I do think any time you get a new GM the incumbent coach may not survive in the long run but the early indication is Briere and Torts get along, Scott probably still has the coach's back for now as well.
To their delight Fletcher in the following spring hired old-school coach Alain Vigneault, which was unwise. After Vigneault’s inevitable firing three seasons later, he hired Clarke and Holmgren favorite John Tortorella, which has been even less wise.
Will this last? Brière is a mini-computer geek and the most analytics-friendly executive the club has had. Tortorella carries a rusty abacus and says, “Most analytics are trash.” Hmm.