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02-26-2013, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by flyershockey View Post
Lack of hustle, motivation, and focus could also be blamed on the players. NHL players shouldn't need some master motivator to get them ready to play a full sixty minutes a night. I don't buy that being Lavy's fault for a second. If you want to fire him because of the downfalls of his system and the personnel not being suited to it, then fine. But let's not act like Lavy should have to turn into Herb Brooks before the Soviet game every night just to get these guys to play. Focus, energy, and motivation is all about how guys prepare themselves leading up to game time.
This is all true, but that's the unfairness of being a manager/coach: your performance is based on what your underlings are accomplishing. Plus, the old adage about firing the coach because you can't fire the team rings true.

The slow starts and sub-60 minute (sub-30 too often!) efforts have become epidemic over the past few years. Something has to be done to show that the current situation is unacceptable. I'd like to see some benchings as the first step, even waiving Knuble, but Laviolette has got to know that he's on borrowed time.

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