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03-02-2005, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by vis
Williams was a solid, if unspectacular player. For whatever reason, he often ended up in Hitch's doghouse. If I recall, Hitch often referred to Williams not playing in accord with how the situation of the game dictated. For example, if the Flyers were nursing a one-goal lead late in the game - and were expected to dump the puck into the offensive zone - Williams would sometimes carry the puck in, deke and doodle, and potentially lose the puck with an odd man rush going the other way. I think Williams' inattentiveness to these "little things" frustrated Hitchcock.
In other words, the creativity hadnt yet been coached out of him, this sums up the last 10 years of the NHL really.

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