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06-16-2010, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
Oh, yeah, totally valid. We've had that discussion around here ever since. I can't think of any examples in history that suggest keeping him in the AHL for a year or two would have been a mistake, but not every team plays in such a demanding market, or is subject to the degree of momentum that excitement generates, either. Not to say fans dictated the move (at least not to any appreciable extent), but the owners and management obviously consider the expectations of the fans at least a little bit.
I'm glad you mentioned this last point because a lot of people don't think that media/fans can influence decisions and that it is ridiculous to think so, but I'm pretty sure there's is actual reason to believe that there is influence from fans, after all, this organization has said that french would be an absolute requirement for any coach/gm, which is only to please the media and fans.

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