How pathetic must team be before Gainey reacts?
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09-24-2003, 05:50 PM
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Laprairie, dans la belle Province
This tread is going on the coach's work and influence. On a level of minus 40 to plus 100 on the team spirit and playing a system, habs were -40 last year when Therrien was fired. Julien herited of a -40 team and the team was still made of the same individuals for the rest of the season. This team is in a transition mode. Now with Czerk and McKay gone, bad system players will get rare and if they don't play the system, they wiil bet isolated. There are still room for improvement but it's impossible to trade all the players Gainey wants to get rid.
The habs are in transition, they are -20 on my level. They will be +10 maybe in march if everything goes well. In 3-4 years they might be +90 when a system will be implanted. Julien is a good system teacher coach. He is the type of coach needed for this moment. It's too early to bring the next step of coach. Habs will make a try for the cup in 3 years and the coach will be Carbonneau. When the system will established and motivation/authority will be needed.
Tremblay was an hard motivator. That was a different time, a different team. The team at that time was almost good enough to make it to the Cup. But was far to make it, when 2 of the best wingers were Savage and Ruzinsky. A mistake to beleive in these soft players.
Vigneault was the opposite of Tremblay. Quiet, patient and strategy-oriented. No results, the team got worse. The slump that Tremblay started went worse.
Therrien got something from those heartless soft players. They made it to a playoffs spot. But the team was builted on soft players. No character, no great skills, no size, it wasn't a team for a coach “à la Therrien”. For no type of coach actually.
Julien is the transition coach. He will be the teacher, wich is a good timing, Habs will have a lot of young players in the next 2-3 years. If Julien is fired, Jarvis comes. After Jarvis, it will be Carbonneau. The perfect coach to get the maximum of his players. But Carbonneau needs a team first. This team is far from being ready.
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