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05-22-2009, 12:06 PM
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The young players on this team hated playing for Hitch...Lemaire doesn't exactly have a nicer reputation for not aggravating players with his attention to the defensive/technical.
I think they need someone who is more in the middle...thus why I would have really liked someone like Torts if they could have talked him into not bashing players in the media.
The core of the team is (theoretically) more mature than when they rejected Hitch. If the Flyers brought in Lemaire and the players rejected his message from the start, it would say a lot more about the character of the players than the ability of Lemaire to motivate a hockey team. A defense first system is exactly what this group needs.
Stevens' job is secure in the short term, though, as you said above. Barring a drawn out poor start or a late season collapse and missing the playoffs, Stevens will be back for 10/11.
Edit: Come to think of it, the only 'young' guys left from the Hitch era are Carter and Richards.
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