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02-12-2013, 11:05 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
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I agree and add the following observations:
-coaching turnover. (Compare to Trotz for example)
-drafting player that fits the team/coach (Z, Filatov)
-club atmosphere and character
I'll disagree to a point, only because the lengthy tenure of Trotz and Ruff is extraordinarily uncommon in pro sports history. It requires both a particular type of personality (that is in itself uncommon in coaches) and an almost superhuman ability to adapt quickly and effectively (which is also extremely uncommon in coaches). To get the combination of the two is almost unheard of.
With that in mind, drafting players that fit a particular type of mold isn't a good thing either. How big of a disaster would it have been to have taken someone who fit Gallant's system or mentality, or Dougie's system or mentality? Great players throughout history have been loose to a fault, have been wound way too tight, have been overconfident, have been neurotic to the point of mental breakdowns, have been fire-breathing leaders, have been shoulder-to-the-wheel followers. There's not a common personality type, or even a particularly narrow range of types.
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