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04-26-2012, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Like Wall View Post
I don't think it was best option to put Ignatjevs and Ābols as coach assistants for Nolan. They both are too ambitious themselves and might ignore coach's instructions. Nolan needs assistants like Ozoliņ, Irbe. You know, guys who know the system of NHL.
Yeah, Nolan doesn't need Ignatjevs (who's also played in NHL, by the way) and Ābols, experienced assistent coaches already (well, at least they have some experience) and should persuade an active player and a guy that wouldn't want that role anyway (if wanted they'd find a place for Irbe on the bench).

Znaroks' hockey is not that different as Nolan's... they're both about the same things, playing from defense, being physically ready and cut the number of mistakes + work as a team. Maybe Znaroks hockey still tries to combine Soviet and NA schools a bit while Nolan could be purely NA style coach but it isn't like Nolan tries to make them do something completely new...

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