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04-22-2012, 06:36 PM
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Its not that Hitchcock can't coach Russians; he just can't coach certain types of players (a type Russia produces more of coming from a big ice background).
Hitchcock is very much a "my way or the highway" coach. He's had past success with that philosophy, but it can also be problematic depending on the circumstance.

Tarasenko can definitely thrive under Hitchcock...but I just hope he allows Tarasenko the leeway to make mistakes (something he didn't do with a lot of young guys in Columbus).

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