Dale Hunter Stepping Down Today
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05-14-2012, 11:20 AM
Join Date: Feb 2005
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Learn from him, both good and bad. If they can keep the mental stability he instilled while implementing a system that utilizes their strengths (and/or allows them to dictate play on their terms) they could do some damage.
Yep. The reason why you can't call this year a failure (though it arguably wasn't a success either) is that Dale made major strides in remedying the mental fragility of this group - a step that was absolutely necessary for them to have any chance of making playoff noise this year or in the future. He also gave them a sense of the commitment and work ethic needed for such success.
Did he get the most of out of the group's collective skill set -- on the D side, yeah; on the O side, there's still more to be done and because it's not clear to me that he could do it, it's not killing me that he's going. But I certainly appreciate what he did for the team.
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