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04-05-2010, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Jumbo View Post
Why? Isn't that what coaches do all the time? Make mistakes(not on purpose obviously) then try to fix them to create the best player/team possible?

He saw Staal obviously couldn't do a full 180 from defense to offense so maybe he said slow it down a bit and try to become more involved but don't overdue it.

Just can't see the coaches saying nothing to him early in the season after he was obviously struggling by trying to do to much and to change his game so much too fast.
Sure they do, but to me, that was a mistake that could have easily been avoided. You don't force a defensive d-man to incorporate more offense in his game when he's still on a defensive learning curve. I think the goal should have been to let Staal develop into a dominant shut-down blue liner and let any offense he creates be a bonus.

Honestly, Staal was rushing the puck last season as well, he just wasn't generating the numbers. Much of that can be contributed to the even more inept offense we iced last year.

If they had said it to him early on in the season, why did it take so long for the adjustment to be made? It took far too long for this coaching staff to make the necessary adjustments, not just involving Staal, but across the board. They've mishandled quite a few players by forcing them into roles they don't appear comfortable with, or by not using them in the right role at all.

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