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02-24-2009, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by NYRangers3018 View Post
A very big part to a teams success. You can't really turn **** to gold.
But looking back its pretty interesting to see that you certainly can turn gold into sheit!

Bob Hartley missed the PO's with a team that had Marc Savard, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa and co (Bobby Holik, Slava Kozlov, Peter Bondra, Modry, De Vries among others).

John Tortorella missed the PO's with Dan Boyle, Vinny LeCav, MSL, Brad Richards, Pavel Kubina, Prospal, Modin, Sydor and co. While John Grahame and Sean Burke didn't play well in the net -- they had enough talent to get by for sure.

But both teams had a suicidal approch in terms of X and O's.

I think its pretty remarkable neither could figure out that their style wouldn't work, not even in 3 years. I remember how Renney said the first season after the lockout that he wasn't suprised how his team was playing, he was suprised how some other teams where playing. When the redline was removed in Europe 1998 the coaches made the same misstakes. There isn't a pro coach in Europe who wouldn't right away say that its insane to play like Torts and Hartley had their teams playing without a redline.

But Tortorella is a god hockeyman, he is a great "game coach", he is a good motivator. We must just pray that he can get the X and O's in order.

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