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04-23-2012, 10:34 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff called it a positive when Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek questioned the coach's methods in season-ending interviews. So I imagine they were giddy to see Ville Leino's remarks in Sunday's News.
Leino's suggested that Ruff misused players, mentioning "a lot of pieces that were kind of out of place" early in the season. He questioned the team's flow, the puck movement from "D" to forwards, the line shuffling, and the lack of team chemistry.
Sure, there's some sour grapes here from Leino, who struggled most of the year. He resisted the move to center and was switched back to wing by late October. But why give a guy six years and $27 million to play center if he's not wild about it in the first place?
The most damning quote, though, was Leino saying he had "to think too much" at times. That sounds like an indictment of Ruff's "system," which often has players overthinking instead of trusting their hockey instincts.
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