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11-25-2012, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Atas2000 View Post
1. The firing is very logical if you take in consideration the recent history of playoff failures by SKA. They don't care about 1st places in the regualr season. They will get into the playoffs with the lineup they have. They want some playoff success badly. Stats aren't everything. The style SKA played is just not the one to win in the playoffs. Too sloppy a defence. Too many mistakes. Too often they had to overcome deficits they created by their own lack of discipline. Just like in their last geme under Riha. Of course they have an offence every team would be happy about. It's just not enough in the playoffs.
And they have discovered all these things right now, on the evening the club rose to the top of KHL overall standings? Like Říha said in his interview, why not at least wait until the team loses a few games? Or why not fire him after last year's play-offs? But to fire him on an evening like this... only "in Soviet Russia".

There are a number of highly critical analyses of the firing at championat.com and allhockey.ru, although there are also a few voices supporting it (particularly by Alexander Yudin who goes overboard in his criticism of Říha). One allhockey.ru blogger, even before last night's events, compared SKA St. Petersburg to the New York Rangers. And we know how many Stanley Cups the Rangers won in recent years after outlandish moves by club management... the number resembles the letter O.

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