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04-10-2012, 11:51 AM
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Nordique
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Originally Posted by Crede777 View Post
Howson needs to go because he is 3 years behind the trend.

He went with "Hitch hockey" (clutch and grab trap play) when offense-first (think Caps / Chicago / Philly) was most effective. Then he switched styles now that Hitch hockey (Kings, Blues, Bruins) is most effective.
In hindsight, the coaching change was a huge mistake. I think this, above all else, could be the act that damns Howson's fate. If Hitch makes a cup run with this Blues team, look out. The guy obviously is a brilliant coach, whose style transcends league trends. He's had his failures too, but what he had accomplished this season in STL should quiet the critics for sometime.

This also raises the question, how different would things have been with Boucher behind the bench this season?

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