Posted by NHL.com on Monday, August 12, 2018 11:31:10After his team lost a game, the Columbus Blue Jackets were going through some turmoil.
They were in the midst of a contract dispute, and a new head coach was coming in.
It was a time when GM Jarmo Kekalainen was trying to figure out what to do with his roster and rebuild the team.
The team’s roster had been ravaged by injuries, and Kekadainen’s job was to find a way to find some balance and make sure the roster was not as heavily dependent on the youngsters who had become star players.
One of the options that Kekamainen and his coaching staff tried was to bring in an assistant coach.
A coach with experience in the NHL, who had been an assistant with the Ducks, Rangers and Penguins.
It didn’t work out, and after some talks, Kekainen made the move to take the opportunity to fill a position that had been vacant for quite some time.
With that decision, the Blue Jackets made the mistake of hiring a guy that had spent two seasons in the AHL.
That is, one of the NHL’s best coaches with a history of success in the National Hockey League.
That was Kris Letang.
The Blue Jackets hired Letang as an assistant head coach after they traded the contract of assistant coach Ben Bishop.
Letang was known for being a good coach, and he brought experience to the position.
The Blue Jackets knew he would be able to help them on and off the ice, and they had some good young talent at the top of their lineup, but it didn’t seem like the Blue Jacket’s coach was going to make the transition to the NHL as smoothly as they had hoped.
Letang started the season with the Anaheim Ducks, and had a good start to the season.
He was the only coach to play all 82 games for the Ducks and was a top-10 goalie.
His record was 4-1-1 with a 2.47 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
But his numbers started to slip as the season progressed.
He allowed 17 goals in his first two games, including six goals in the first game of the season against the New York Islanders.
Letangs numbers went down a little bit in the second game, but he kept getting points despite his lack of success.
His save percentage continued to slide as the playoffs rolled around.
His numbers started going down in the third game against the Washington Capitals, when he allowed three goals in a loss.
Then, it was a different story.
His numbers started falling as the playoff games started rolling around, but they did pick up a little in the fourth game of their series against the Minnesota Wild.
Let’s take a look at how Letang’s numbers changed over the course of the year.
Let’s take some time to take a moment to look at the numbers from the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
Letters stats are based on shots and goals scored in games.
Here are the results from the first four games of the regular season, when Letang had a .906 save percentage and two shutouts.
He had a 2-0-0 record in those games.
Lettingang’s performance from then on started to look like a complete fluke.
Letzens goals were coming in bunches and the shots were coming against the other team.
That made his numbers look pretty bad.
The next season, Letang went from a .909 save percentage to a .852 save percentage in the next four games.
Thats not good enough for the Blue Blue Jackets.
They also had a huge drop in the shots against rate, going from 12.2% to 8.9%.
Thats pretty big, and it looked like the team was headed down a dark path.
Letters performance from the fourth round of the playoffs started to turn around, and Letang started to put together a decent save percentage, as his save percentage dropped to .907.
He also started to have some of his games where he was able to put the puck in the net, and his goals against dropped to 7.6% from 13.6%.
The Blue Blue’s numbers improved over the next few games, but Letang looked lost.
In the playoffs, Letangs performance from that series looked even worse.
Letts save percentage went from .903 to .898, and goals against went from 8.6 to 10.6.
The results weren’t great.
Letums numbers went from 13th to 22nd in the playoffs.
The Ducks would make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Blue Red Jackets would be eliminated.
Letums playoff numbers in 2017-2018 looked like they had been the same story.
He saved his best performance for the playoffs against the Boston Bruins, when his numbers dropped to a respectable .904 save percentage (4-1 loss to the Bruins).
The next year, he