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02-24-2009, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Rags225 View Post
and maybe playing hockey just stopped being enjoyable for the players because of the system, and never being able to take any risks. Remember it is a job for them, and like any job you need to enjoy what you do to do it the best.

Drury came here w/ the promise of playing an uptempo game, same w/ gomez, naslund, zherdev etc.... Renney did not follow through on his promise, and made the game boring as hell w/ all defense all the time. Playing defense probably isn't the most enjoyable aspect of hockey, especially for offensive forwards who LOVE playing on the rush such as Gomez and Drury. Playing Renneys system was probably torture, and very well could have sucked the energy out of them.
Lets take it back a few years - we sucked for 7 years with 'an up tempo offensive sytem', which really wasn't a system, it was 'lets try and recapture the Oilers of the 80's style with Lindros, Fleury, Nedved, etc'.

Finally we get a coach who plays a real system, that works no less. And the players don't enjoy it. They try, but they give up, cause defensively, the sytem holds if you don't turnover the puck at inoppurtune times and score on the PP. These guys were not that talented, they'd have to put out 100% every night and finally they gave up.

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