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10-03-2007, 10:40 PM
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Underpinning everything is the Trotz belief that it is better to give a player something too late rather than too early, so that a player in his system (in theory) is forced to be responsible and to check the ego at the door even at the expense of production.

You certainly can argue it is the wrong strategy/ theory but I wouldn't call it dumb.

For instance, one could argue that Legwand would be a much bigger scorer in a different system-- I would argue that he wouldn't be a solid two-way player in many systems and might not check his ego. I think Legwand will be a better player in the long run for it.

To contrast, I think Trotz never completely "broke" Hartnell but I would expect Hartnell to excel anyway with the Flyers.

People may not like the comparison, but to me it's a bit like Lou Lamarello and the Devil's system-- obviously without the amount of success to date.

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