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05-22-2009, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by CanadianFlyer88 View Post
The high turnover of coaches in the NHL is proof enough that, once the message goes stale, it's time to try a new motivator.
Every year, teams try new motivators. Do they ever really succeed?

Originally Posted by CanadianFlyer88 View Post
You say some of us argue that these coaches get results with inferior players and the credit belongs to the coaches alone.
No, I say that many people here have such hatred for John Stevens that any name, ANY NAME, that pops up as available is seen as a potential Godsend. Then I point out those coaches' records and the haters go scurrying for Old Reliable : "He got results with a mediocre roster!!!". As if there's anyone on this site who could give you chapter and verse on the Minnesota Wild's blueline corps.

A few months back, there were fellas here saying Nolan > Stevens because Nolan almost took the Isles to a playoff berth one year.

"AHL roster," they said, "And he had them competing!"

It's surreal.

Originally Posted by CanadianFlyer88 View Post
Conversely, the axe usually falls on the coach's head if a team composed of 'good' players misses the playoffs... rightfully so.
"Rightfully so" is in the eyes of the beholder.

Remember when Otttawa fired Paddock and everyone here said: "We should do that too!"

How'd it work out for Ottawa? I wonder what their record is since they brought in new motivation.


Originally Posted by CanadianFlyer88 View Post
I think there are other issues to address before looking to fire the coach.
I agree. Fans oftentimes lambast coaches because they are fearful of confronting realities about their favorite players.

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