Thread: Speculation: Has Adam Oates Been Fired Yet????
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04-17-2013, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Mystlyfe View Post
The players also loved Boudreau. Let's see how Oates does in the playoffs and future seasons before getting too giddy.
Boudreau made himself one of them, and wore his own emotions all over himself, the opposite of 'even-keeled.' I definitely agree that Oates' ability to hold players accountable within the relationship he's established with them (aka without losing the room) is a major potential problem. I have to think he anticipates that aspect of the job and knows how he'll handle it, but that remains to be seen. I think the fact that the players are accountable to the learning process is a good thing. He shows them the reasoning behind his instruction, and they're accountable to that as much to his authority as coach. The challenge of that, to me, is to maintain that authority when it's not an emphasis of his approach.

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