General overhaul

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Randy Ladouceur is not promising fans of the Oshawa Generals the world right now. In fact, Ladouceur, named coach of the Generals in the first week of January, isn't promising much of anything for the time being.

"I didn't take this job to win the Memorial Cup this year," said Ladouceur, who took over from the fired Bob McGill in early January.

"I took it to help rebuild the franchise and be a contender two or three years down the line. We're going to get there."

To say the past three weeks have been an adjustment for Ladouceur would be a slight understatement. The 44-year-old Brockville native hasn't felt the euphoria of victory in 10 games behind the Generals bench, going 0-8-1-1, including a 5-2 loss to the St. Michael's Majors last night at St. Mike's Arena. Oshawa is dead last in the 20-team OHL with 28 points.

Peter Franchin's second goal of the game near the midway point of the third period was the winner.

But the Majors failed to make ground on the Kingston Frontenacs, who beat the Mississauga IceDogs 5-2. The Frontenacs, with one game in hand, are six points ahead of the Majors for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Ladouceur played 14 years in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks before retiring after the 1995-96 season. He had been an assistant coach with the Hartford/Carolina Hurricanes franchise but was demoted to pro scout not long after coach Paul Maurice was fired just over a year ago.

Ladouceur yearned to get back behind the bench and was glad for the opportunity when the Gens job became available.

Ladouceur said the NHL lockout made his future less clear anyway, and besides, he now is closer to his son Josh, who plays Jr. B in Brockville.

"All coaches think they can make an immediate impact, but that's not always the case," Ladouceur said. "I'm dealing with young men here and it takes time. I would have liked the adjustment to be a lot quicker.

"Dealing with pros, the dedication and commitment is there for the most part. Sometimes guys here are not as committed as they need to be. We have to teach them how to be."

Darryl Boyce, with two goals, and Dale Good also scored for St. Mike's (17-23-4-2). Bret Nasby and Matt Puntureri scored for Oshawa (12-30-3-1).

"Anything is possible," Franchin said of his club's chances of making the playoffs. "If we can get on a hot streak we can be all right. Every point is huge for us."


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