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02-16-2013, 07:09 PM
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Why change when nobody is telling you to? RW advocated the play-on-the-halfboard style. There was no reason for Thornton to change his game then. And after the 08-09 season, Thornton went to McLellan to talk about how he should change his game. McLellan didn't force him to change, Thornton willingly asked him.
And saying "He doesn't shoot more so he won't like it when he's not the go-to-guy" is a very poor argument. There is absolutely no correlation between those two points. He's the go-to-guy right now because he's the best player on the team. When he's older and is no longer the best player, there is no reason to believe that he'd still want to be. I don't even think Ovechkin would be that stubborn. There really is no proof of his so-called "ego".
RW did not advocate a complete halfboard style power play. He did advocate that Thornton should shoot more like every coach has ever done with him but he's never done it.
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