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04-22-2012, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrokh
Based on what? Hitch has clearly done well with the sophomores and other young players on the Blues. His mythic problems with Russians is completely false. We have two examples in all of his history, both with the absolute wreck that is Columbus: Zherdev and Filatov. Zherdev improved his overall game considerably under Hitch and Filatov just isn't very good at hockey.
Coincidence and a convenient scapegoat in an organization that we now see has tremendous scouting and development issues. Many other Russians have excelled on Hitch's teams.
Both were considered more talented than Tarasenko as I remember. BTW I hope everything will be ok with Vlad's future in NHL.

Originally Posted by ZomboIsGod
Hitch is easily one of the top 5 coaches in the NHL
Riha is one of the best KHL coaches (may be top 3). And he can coach Russian players.

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