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08-28-2012, 08:16 PM
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Toe Blake

Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe View Post
So in trying to get the #2 man the most minutes behind the #1 man, your hypothetical coach instead gives the #4 the most minutes behind the #1? That sounds like bad coaching.

Can you provide an actual example of this happening, instead of just making up numbers?

Is there a useful definition of a #1 defenceman other than one that the coach plays the most? If he's not the #1, why does he play the most? That is, if a coach designs a rotation such that his purported #1 does not play the most, he should reject that rotation and design a new one.
Let's try Toe Blake - pretty good coach. 1959-60 season team had five defensemen.

#1 Doug Harvey, #2 Tom Johnson, #3 Jean-Guy Talbot, #4 Al Langlois, #5 Bob Turner.

Pairings,RD/LD, Harvey/Langlois, Johnson/Talbot. swingman Bob Turner whose prime role was as a forward on the PK with Don Marshall. PP was Moore/Beliveau/M.Richard with Geoffrion and Harvey on the points, Harvey playing the LD point.

The only viable definition is what gives the coach and team the best opportunity to win. Managing the TOI of older players instead of burning them in the first half of the season is part of the definition as is developing the eventual replacements.

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