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12-16-2005, 12:58 PM
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It's FAR more a function of the players NOT playing to their abilities right now than ineffective coaching.

When talented people are playing to their abilities and not winning games - that's a coaching failure. That's a system failure. That's NOT what's happening during this slump, save for the power play (which is a system failure and a coaching failure because it has not been working all season). 5 on 5 and on the PK - the system works. The Kings are one of the best 5 on 5 teams in hockey. Our PK HAS been steller - the players aren't pulling their weight.

Miller, Gleason, Belanger, Cowan and Avery have been playing lights out hockey through this current slump. They seem to have gotten the coaches message - play lights out hockey while you're on the ice. That's a nice mix of long tme veterans and relative new guys listening to their coach and at the same time understanding what's needed of them. They're setting the example. Where's the rest of the team?

Here's a quote from Miller - one of the few players worth listening to because he's one of the few actually pulling his weight right now...

"He's just trying to get us going and playing better, but ultimately it comes down to us," Aaron Miller said. "Coaches can only do so much. It's the players who have to take more responsibility.

"We just have to go out and do it. Hopefully we're to that point, because we certainly have talked enough."

- T

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