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12-03-2003, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Walsher
What on earth do you think MacT is teaching the defensive pairings on the PK - to fan on clearing attempts or to put it right on the defensmen sticks. No. Plus i hardly think it woul be a brainstorm to tell players like Smith, Cross, Staios, or Brewer that putting the puck high off the glass would make for much more successful PK results. They already know that - they aren't avoiding doing that because MacT's system is geared towards costly giveaways rather than solid dump outs. This is what DB has been saying. The fault in this scenario has to fall on the shoulders of the players. They are the ones making the ill advised flip shots rather than pounding the puck and they are the ones refusing to take the simple play in favor of reversing the puck back into a dangerous position. Watch tonight if the PK is bad. I can guarantee you the defense has plenty of opportunity to ring the puck around the glass but instead they reverse it behind their net hoping to free up space and time. The difference is the other teams have closed the gap way to fast leading to the bonehead turnovers. When you lack skill on the back end you keep it simple. That is what has made Cross, Smith, & Brewer successful in the past.
re-read the part in my post that is bolded with CAPITAL LETTERS mr. smartass. i gather from your rhetoric that you are assuming the oiler players are unteachable. if that is the case, why bother with a coach at all?

teaching requires reward and punishment. the only people macT seems to punish are isbister, hemsky, bergeron, and semenov. how is THAT "good coaching"?

of course, i'm sure you'll only "half read" my post and respond with some more pedantic commentary along the lines of "if macT was coach of a veteran team he'd have a winning record". well, duh. the whole point to my argument (and i believe G2K's argument as well) as that the oilers need a coach who can TEACH the players what to do in certain situations - not a coach who simply EXPECTS them to do it right. there is a difference you know.

macT is a fine coach but he is a crappy teacher.

prove me wrong.

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