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01-03-2013, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Patmac40 View Post
Not entirely. While yes, it is players' job to get ready for the game, but the coach's job is to do everything in their power to prepare their players. Giving them a day off in the middle of a short tournament while every other team is playing games is completely the wrong way to go about it. The players are definitely to blame for the poor puck management and defensive coverage but the coaches aren't just there for show. Spott didn't do his job in order to maximize his team's chances to win.
It was actually a rhetorical question. Coaches definitely do not have time to make sure little Johnny is ready to play. Did Spott make some questionable decisions? Of course he did. Would we be questioning his motives if they won gold? Of course not. The likes of Toe Blake, Scotty Bowman, or even Slats Sather have made questionable decisions. The bottom line is that the players SUCKED with a capitol "S"! And regardless if they had a day off or not; if you can't bring your A+ game to that match-up, you should have stayed home.

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