Do you fire Laviolette? (Philadelphia Daily News article dated March 12, 2013)
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02-18-2013, 04:46 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Exiled in NoVA
I thought about this a lot on a weekend trip and here's what I think.
Lavi has a major flaw as a "systems" coach. We saw it in the playoffs last year against NJD when his left wing lock system was utterly defeated at every turn, and we saw it against PIT while Neal was suspended, Bylsma changed his lines, and Lavi could not get the matchups he wanted on home OR road ice.
So, in life, I think Lavi has issues. THAT SAID, this year he had no offseason and no training camp in which to set up any of his systems, so of course the team is struggling.
Given that he is a systems coach and is especially handicapped this season, I would fire him ONLY IF an upgrade is available. My assumption being that next season, he's still be an inflexible systems coach, but at least he'll have his systems set up.
In life I'd like a more creative coach, but I don't want to make a move just for the sake of making a move, and end up with a worse coach. Not this season, at any rate.
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