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04-06-2012, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by yianik View Post
I believe JM was largely responsible for mishandling many of our young guys be it because they couldnt live up to his rigid system or had some attitude and he couldnt or wouldnt deal with it other than by not playing the player or putting them on the bottom line while playing 4th liners on PP and top 6. Also, his personality was of a petty, snide, arrogant sarcastic person which Im guessing isnt conducive in getting the most out of your players. Examples, early in the season and AK was doing well and JM was asked why he figured AK was playing good and he said contract year. Why say something like that, why belittle a player playing well ? Also of course was the reporter asking about Cole not being on the PP and him giving that condescending smile and lecturing her on doing research. Well we know how Cole is on the PP.
I think JM would have driven more players out of the Habs because A GM doesnt have much choice other than to move guys if the coach wont play them. So for me, even if it meant making the play-offs, keeping JM was too high a price to pay.
Martin's failing at handling young players is pure BS. Subban and Pacioretty developed perfectly fine under his watch, as did Eller. How you can look at our team and say he wasn't getting the best out of his players is beyond me. For the first time in over a decade we were playing sound, consistent, structured hockey and we were getting results despite Gauthier having done a poor job assembling a team and a ridiculous number of injuries.

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