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12-17-2009, 05:18 AM
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Vinny Lecavalier. Marty St. Louis. Vinny Prospal. Just a few players who admitted they couldn't stand Torts but respected him as a coach for his honesty and for making them better all around players.
Players don't always have to like their coaches. Sometimes players can get too comfortable with a coach, as was supposedly the reason why Renney was let go; for losing his players.
Sometimes you need a coach that will push/motivate players to perform beyond casual standards/accepted norms.
You respect them when what they're working on with you is working. I'm not saying you've gotta like your coach, but your post is exactly what I think the problem is, I don't think a lot of the players respect him, and I more or less think it's because they don't feel like he respects them.
And say what you will, but I'm sure Lecavalier would not and will not want to play for Torts again, I always got the feeling he said all that about Torts to be politically correct about it.
Tortarella needs to take a page out of Tom Coughlin's book and realize there's a time to be a hardass and a time to let your players know you're on their side.
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