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05-15-2013, 04:19 PM
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HCH
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Originally Posted by overlords View Post
This. People assuming that the dude is heartless or soulless or what have you are just buying into the tradition of committing character assassination on russians or other euros. Occam's razor would suggest not that he was capable but unwilling, but that he wasn't capable. Big difference.

Andrei k's problem was a severe lack of hockey sense. But as a depth scorer, he's basically what we have in bourque. Same dude. One is just from Alberta.
One problem that I think many players, including Kostitsyn, had on previous editions of the Habs was Jacques Martin. I could be wrong but I didn't see any communication there. If the coach isn't teaching you anything it is hard to learn.

I think that kind of situation is made worse when the player has talent but lacks hockey instincts. The coach has to keep drilling what is expected of the player, on and off the ice, over a long period of time.

In Kostitsyn's case, it's probably too late but the talent is definitely there.

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