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08-11-2010, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by SLake View Post
Just to be clear, Trotz is not of the Hitchcock/Laviolette/Tortorella mold. They are all very regimented coaches with strong philosophies and systems. But the difference is that Trotz treats his players as he would his family and makes sure that they know he cares about them as people first and players second. He doesn't treat players like assets and will nurture when needed and when he raises his voice, it's generally behind closed doors where the player is informed of exactly what is expected and offered whatever assistance is needed to get the job done.

It will really all come down to the maturity level of Kostitsyn. If he is willing to work with Trotz, I think he'll have a long NHL career because adding detail to a players game and refining the talent that is there is what he does best...
To expand on this, he's definitely not a "yeller" in the Torts most instances, I've seen him classified as a "players' coach." Most recently, Matthew Lombardi went as far as to say Trotz was one of the main reason he chose the Preds over some of the other suitors.


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