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04-08-2013, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by jfb392 View Post
Not sure what you're trying to say, but I'm saying that having NHL experience doesn't seem to matter.
Roy's 1200 something professional games and Cup rings don't make him a better coach than Rolston and his seven ECHL games.

He, just like Rolston previously, benefits from an uneven playing field.
I don't agree, in the case of Rolston particularly.

Strategically, maybe, maybe not. But I don't agree that they're at the same level from the perspective of knowing the professional game, because Rolston has no prior experience of it himself.

I'm saying that Rolston is at a disadvantage from having zero NHL experience whatsoever. Nothing in the way of Roy being a good coach.

Having been in the league may not be a recipe for head coaching success, but having NHL experience in some form, even as a player, puts you a step ahead (small, medium, large, whatever) of someone with absolutely none like Rolston. You can argue about actual coaching tactics, strategy, etc., but when you have absolute zero in the way of an NHL background, and a minimal playing career professionally, you're behind in a sense.

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