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11-12-2003, 06:30 AM
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Interesting debate, if not entirely predictable. When the going gets tough, it's always easy to focus on the coach. Don't get me wrong, both sides of this debate are well supported, but I think we may be looking in the wrong direction.

I think CJ has done just fine, the problem seems to be getting the players to play his system every night, and getting the players to play with intensity and heart every night. Is that the coach's responsibility...sure it is. Is that the players' bet, even more so than the coach.

I have no insights into how Bob Gainey works or thinks, but I would hazard a guess that he is watching closely to see where the effort is coming from and where it is lacking. Julien is giving effort, but some of his charges on the ice are severely lacking on that front.

Too bad it is really difficult to trade/get rid off overpaid underperforming players, and too bad it is really easy to fire coaches.

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