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12-05-2003, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Malefic74
Here is where I have a problem with your defense. Certain players react better to certain motivational techniques. That is a fact. Some guys need to be yelled at, some guys need to be left alone. Sometimes ou have to get guys good and mad; every player is different. And if you think The style of the coach has nothing to do with the players you're just being naive.

Exhibit A: Dave Lewis vs. Scott Bowman and Sergei Federov. Two different coaches entirely different players. With Bowman constantly on him Federov became one of the more dynamic 2 way forwards in the game. With Lewis laying back, Federov was noticeably off.

Exhibit B: Jacques Demers vs. Mario Tremblay and Patrick Roy. Jacques lets Patrick do his own thing and march to his own drummer. Result Stanley Cup run of 93. Tremblay gets in, screams, yells and embarasses Patrick. Result Patrick gone and a long slide for the Habs begins.

Now imagine if instead of 1 or 2 guys this is like 8 or 10. At that point the problem IS the coach. Not saying this is specifically the case in Edmonton, but it does happen in the NHL and players can change both for good or ill under different kinds of coaching.
So when you bring the new coach in, what's to say that a separate group of players won't tune him out? Or that the same group won't tune him out?

That is my problem. You get a rocky time, and the coach is gone. So for the next little while, the big excuse is gone, and the players are the ones who have to be accountable.

Then what happens a lot of times is the players play well for a while, and that accountability slowly fades, and then gets shifted to the new coach.

Want proof? Look at Mike Keenan. He comes in guns a blazing, turns the team around for some short term succeess, then loses it. What happens with the team?

They take a step back. Look at Calgary. They went through about 4 coaches in their 7 year drought, and each time, they would play well for a spurt, then it would die off. Calgary now is finally starting to make strides for the first time in years. Is it another one of those situations where as soon as the players stop having to be accountable, it will fall apart? Tough to say, but chances are not likely because Sutter is also the GM, meaning he has all the power.

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