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Rangers will not buyout Wojtek Wolski
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07-28-2011, 09:57 AM
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The best sports coaches are both strategic and motivational. Is the ideal coach a myth? One could argue that Scotty Bowman was the ideal hockey coach. Certainly, results seem to support that.
I would suggest that for a head coach of a competitive team sport, motivation is more important than strategy. The best coaches are known to be the best motivators (Vince Lombardi comes to mind, or even Herb Brooks). The head coach is seen as the ultimate authority, responsible for the team's on-ice performance. He can always hire assistant coaches that know the strategic aspects of the game better than he, and are able to provide tactics and strategies to complement his knowledge.
But if he can't motivate people, unless his team is full of 100% self-motivators, it will not play to potential, and even then, it may not have a single voice to unify everyone's efforts and keep them on the same page.
The TEAM needs both strategic minds & motivation to win, but these can come from more than one person. The head coach, as the figurehead of the coaching staff, needs the ability to provide motivation more than strategic thinking.
You're correct. And I am not to criticize Torts to prove he is a bad coach. He's just bad for the Rangers. Rangers need Renney type of coach with better ability to motivate. They got a motivator with no ability (and no desire, therefore) to teach. The other sign of greatness in coach is his ability to change the strategy to adopt to the need of particular group his has, to form the structure in order to better address players abilities. What we have in Torts is quite limited strategist who wants the players to fit his needs right away. Since he is unable to work with players in order to bring about change in their game, he can only show them the bench and then the door.
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So...I dunno, everyone's such an expert, how do you get the most out of someone like Zherdev or Wolski? What kind of magical soft touch is needed to make these buttercups turn into reliable players?
In Torts case you shouldn't have them on the team. I, therefore, can't wait for Torts to get fired because Rangers will never have the palyers he wants i.e. allStar Team.
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