The Off-Season Thread Part VI - Are we there yet? (Grabovski to Caps, 1 yr)
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08-28-2013, 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by
Nac Mac Feegle
That's the part that gets me. It really does feel from various interviews that no one on the roster went to anyone on the coaching staff and expressed concerns about the system, or things not working out, or whatever. There was one quote from Tortorella over the past two weeks (from some Vancouver paper) talking about how not one player brought up any issues to him during the exit interviews.
Yes, Torts yells and does his best to be a grouch. But when all is said and done, he's a little old chihuahua who's all bark and no bite. How a bunch of young professional athletes can be so intimidated by a little old man like that is beyond me.
The best thing about this team was their guts and character on the ice. Why did it disappear in the dressing room?
Whether it's Tortorella or any other coach, I want to see players who have the balls to talk to their coach, to communicate, to do what's best for the team.
Even if they would've fired the coaching staff no matter what, I want the players to stand up and express themselves.
Easier said than done, hell it took Messier until the ECF to tell Keenan to shove it and just let them play, and Keenan laid off. Would Torts have laid off? Maybe he would have called the player a punk in the next presser? Who knows, you don't know they didn't do that, so either way it's just speculation. He said he didn't hear anything during the exit interviews, maybe they did express themselves throughout the season? Maybe not, who knows.
He's obviously not as harmless as you assume from watching in the comforts of your own home, the guys who are best able to form an opinion on him and his antics, are the ones who spend the majority of the year around him on a daily basis. Don't you think? Also I doubt it has so much to do with being intimidated as it does with being disrespected, it's one thing to yell at a guy, most adults can handle an ass reaming if it's warranted. It's the never ending criticism that rubs thin on guys, the making a big deal out of the little things, calling guys out over small matters that can easily be handled in a two minute man to man talk face to face.
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