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Oilers vs. Avs. Saturday February 16th.
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02-14-2013, 04:16 PM
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I like Tortorella's comments... he said the players decide who plays... it's not his decision.
It's the players performances that dictate who's in and out of the lineup. Perfect reasoning... and takes out any animosity that players should be feeling towards the coach and puts it on themselves. They simply aren't good enough and have to show that they can do better to stay in the lineup.
Of course you have to have a certain level of introspective ability to realize that and not every player can do the self-analysis that's required to improve. Many have enormous egos and have to place blame everywhere but on the person in the mirror.
As long as the same rules apply to everyone this works. If not it is a huge problem. We had a few moves in the MacT era where he was perfectly willing to sit out his non fav players for performance issues but NEVER sat out his favourites no matter how terribly they played. If Krueger is totally consistent with it then it can work, if not he is asking for trouble.
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