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Laviolette still building trust with captain Richards
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05-10-2011, 12:57 AM
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Not denying with the media there is that element of sensationalism.....again bears following and would like to get Richards' take. If Panaccio and the rest of the media had integrity they would get the other side of the story..so let's see.
Having said this..I've followed hockey and this team for 25 years now and this kind of stuff always starts out like this (as conjecture) and then snowballs into reality. I remember it with the zillions of coaches we've had in the 25 years I've followed this team. The theme is always the same.
I knew Stevens was going to get canned and he should have before they gave him that extension and let him squander half the year. The same with Hitchcock who Richards wasn't exactly fond of
...and luckily he was canned b/c we almost lost Richards to Hitchcock's ways. Even remember Gagne saying not everybody can take Hitch's ways....have to be thick skinned. I think with Lavy it's the same.
I think what needs to be done is to reassess the leadership roles in there and get some Carolina players etc that buy into Lavi's message and then have them rein in the others who don't or won't. If Holmgren can't do that then this could metastasize..again we shall see.
Except, according to all reports, Richards and Stevens were bestest friends and Richards and crew were pissed when Stevens was fired. Stevens wasn't fired because Richards decreed it, he was fired because he was a crappy coach.
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