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03-27-2013, 07:09 PM
Nac Mac Feegle
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Originally Posted by Blueshirt Special View Post
Anyone else get the feeling that Torts has changed (softened?) his approach? I see it as a positive.
Perhaps he took a page out of Ken Hitchcock's book?

The NHL and its players have evolved a tremendous amount since 2004. Completely different ruleset, changes in attitude amongst fans & sponsors (hits, safety, fighting, etc), a change in attitude with the newest generation of player, etc.

If you want to stay in this league long-term, you need to roll with the changes. Players today would not work with a modern day Keenan or even a modern day Scotty Bowman like they did decades ago. You have to have more of a nurturing and teaching style relationship over always screaming and yelling and being a dictator. Not saying you have to coddle the players like babies, but you need to treat them more like equals.

One thing Hitchcock said last year after winning the Jack Adams, is that modern players are always asking 'why?'. Players want a dialogue. They want to know the reasoning behind decisions and input. A coach needs to be up on trends like social media, challenges facing today's youth, etc.

You could see the change beginning at training camp, where Torts looked to his vets for input regarding the physical and mental state of the team, and adjusted his practices accordingly. He's always going to have a hard edge to him, but it's good to see some adjustment. That, more than a nearly-decade old Cup win, will keep him employed in the league.

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