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cptjeff 10-30-2012 11:27 AM

Neat Story on Maurice in the KHL
On Yahoo.

Includes little bits of insight like this:


Maurice understands these players better now, though. At home, he was like most coaches. He would try to stick a European peg in a North American hole – and get frustrated when it wouldn't fit.
Makes me think about guys like Samsonov as well as his approach to developing prospects.

Also some bits about how having a limited vocabulary in Russian has affected how he coaches, and adapting to the conditions of the KHL, and stuff like this about why european players are what they are:


Europeans wind up more on the breakout, because structure isn't as important when you have more time and space. They don't shoot for the sake of shooting and don't crash the net looking for rebounds, because they're trying to set up a shot, looking to go backdoor.

They don't go for hits because you can get caught out of position on the big ice. Because of that, some of them don't even know how to hit. They rarely fight. Though there is a lot of passion in their game, there is not a lot of anger. It's more of a soccer mentality – which brings us to diving. The way the officiating is here, to get a call, you often have to sell it.
It's an interesting article.

bilpeto 10-30-2012 01:44 PM

An emphasis on diving?

Eric Staal to KHL(e5):sarcasm:

Robotic 11-04-2012 12:45 AM

Metallurg has won 14 of 22 games, only 3 regulation losses.

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