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07-20-2013, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
You bring up a really interesting tangent. Assuming Therrien has become a bit of a lame-duck coach within two/three years (which his track-record suggests he will), which of our players take on the Gainey/Robinson roles of de facto coach? Gionta's likely gone. Gorges would be a logical leader-by-example, maybe Plekanec if he's the type to open his mouth. But it's crucial to have that on-ice presence for the young guys to look up to.

Your example of the vets leadership on the '86 Habs makes me wonder what the vibe was like a few years earlier with a locker full of future GMs and coaches, Robinson, Gainey, Lemaire, Sather, Houle, Savard, Tremblay, all sitting there in their jock straps, scratching their chins with Stanley Cup-ringed fingers as they contemplate how they'd run things. Could any coach other than Bowman have survived in that exalted group?
Those players simply did not need a coach. But they needed Bowman in the 70's. The 86 cup was Patrick, and the guys from the seventies who learned from Bowman. Fantastic Cup that was.

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