Team 990:canadiens interested in Shanahan
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11-19-2008, 02:18 PM
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I think he would have the balls to take Kovalev aside and remind him he's one of the leaders of this team and to keep his play simple as he's trying to do too much out there.
But I think he would be mostly an on-ice leader. He's not afraid to hit, dig for the puck and even drop them sometimes. That kind of example would perhaps get our players to move their feet.
I think that's Ron McLean stuff where he waxes on about these things. Don't get me wrong, Shanahan could help if room could be made, but Kovalev, like Gainey said, has to get himself going.
Athletes lose confidence faster than I do car keys. Kovalev couldn't figure what the hell to do last night, hang back, trail Koivu and Tanguay, carry the puck, when to get it deep, he's lost right now, and it isn't because he's lazy. You think he doesn't love being toast of the town ? He's a mess right now, but he needs to find his own answers. He may talk to a guy like Koivu, he may work with Plekanec to find what worked last year, he may look at film with the staff, I don't know, but you don't bring someone in to motivate a veteran.
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