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Ed Olczyk itching to coach again

Feb 18, 2014, 1:35 AM EDT

Ed Olczyk

It’s been almost nine years since NBC’s Ed Olczyk was last behind the bench as a coach. He was coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003 til Dec. 15, 2005 when he was fired and replaced by Michel Therrien.

Now we all know him as Doc Emrick’s color commentator on NBC and NBCSN broadcasts, but he tells Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times he has that itch to coach once again.

“There is still an emptiness,” he says. “There are very few people who know my desires and my feelings of where I am and where I want to get to, but there’s certainly an aspiration there. So if it would present itself, that’s where I would want to go. It might not happen. Who knows? What I wanted to do back in ’03 is where I’d like to go if I got the opportunity.”

Olczyk’s tenure with the Penguins is best known for seeing him coach Sidney Crosby in his rookie season in 2005. Olczyk lasted just 31 games before being fired as the Penguins got off to a 8-17-6 start.

Olczyk said if the opportunity to coach again was there he’d have to consider it. After being given a Penguins team before the arrival of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang and featured Dick Tarnstrom as the leading scorer, wanting to get back at it and try again is understandable.

  1. barkar942 - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Don’t worry, Eddie. The Devils GM and coaching position will be available in late April- early May. Get your application in early by sending it to Joshua Harris, c/o the 76er’s, Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia, Pa.

  2. anthj99 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Anything to get him off the air. Let him tell his team about “time and space”. This guy is so annoying on the air.

    • charlieconway96 - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:59 AM

      Wait, “time and space”? Could it be that he is the one who could turn Bryzgalov around?

    • ironyisadeadscene - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:23 AM


  3. sheckyrimshot - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Alternate title: Ed Olczyk itching to eliminate Pierre Mcguire from his everyday life

  4. bgrillz - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    He was a terrible coach in Pittsburgh. Edzo, you can’t coach hockey games in hindsight. You’re great at hindsight, but you are terrible at coaching in the moment. Stick to your current job, you’ve done a great job convincing Comcast and NBC that you’re a great color commentator.

    • steelcity333 - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      To be fair to Edzo those Penguins teams were god awful. There was a reason why they had the first or second pick in the draft 4 years in a row. Nobody would have had success with those teams. Just go and look at the rosters from his years as coach here. I’d like to see him coach a team that at least has some semblance of talent on it.

    • c9castine - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      the pens were terrible back then and came out of the lockout VERY poorly built to deal with the new way the game was played. we signed jocelyn thibault, recchi, gonchar, leclair, nils ekman, and ziggy palffy coming out of the lockout. we were so bad, we made ziggy retire to Europe. Leclair was a beat up and old by then, recchi didn’t like the new kid in town (sid), ekman sucked, thibault was swiss cheese, and gonchar took a while season off before he was any good for us.

      our leading scorer the year before was dick tarnstrom.

      yeah, exactly.

  5. stonebullet - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    I hope he gets a coaching job so we don’t have to listen to him and the insufferable Pierre flirt with each other all game. Absolutely painful to listen to.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      I think you need to listen harder. Pierre’s the little brother that keeps seeking the older brother’s approval.

      Right, Eddie?
      You know, Eddie…
      Eddie, …
      What do you think, Eddie?

      You can tell Edzo doesn’t want to respond. It’s kind of funny.

      • c9castine - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        i agree. i don’t know why all the Edzo hate, he knows a ton about this game and is always right when he talks.

  6. chicagobtech - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    From the sounds of things here, I might be the only guy who will miss Edzo if he moves on from the Blackhawks TV color gig.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Nope, you aren’t. I can’t tell if it’s because they lump him and Pierre together, or because they think he’s a homer.

      • shaundre93 - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        I think they lump him and Pierre together and its really not fair to Eddie. He’s a pretty smart guy. Same thing happens with the Bruins guys (NESN). Jack Edwards will say something ridiculous and everyone will be like “Those Bruins announcers are such stupid homers blah blah…” and I’m like NO, Andy Brickley is a hockey genius! (Which he is). I’d like to see him get a coaching job some day, as well as Eddie

    • c9castine - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      no just a lot of people with hate in their hearts on PHT

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