The Off-Season Thread Part VI - Are we there yet? (Grabovski to Caps, 1 yr)
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08-28-2013, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by
Nac Mac Feegle
If they did, the firing wouldn't have been such a shock to Torts. From interview he had no clue this was coming. If things were said during the season, there would have been at least a hint of foreshadow.
It's starting to feel like maybe, just maybe, all those trades over the past season might've drained a little more character out of the room then we wanted to. The Metro is shaping up to be the elite division in the league, both in skill and toughness. It's going to be a war, and the Rangers are going to need just as much mental toughness as physical to win it.
the bottom line is Torts' style was able to foster obedience and buy-in. However, no one likes to be yelled at and criticized on a consistent basis. So, when the path to a championship became less clear Torts found out that although he had succeeded in getting the players to do what he told them, they didn't respect him or have loyalty to him. And when the opportunity presented itself to tell someone what they thought of him, that lack of respect and loyalty bit him hard.
You cannot be a hard ass all the time when dealing with adults and expect that those who you abuse will have your back when you yourself are vulnerable. Anyone with an abusive boss knows that if they ceased being afraid of their boss and felt that they could speak out without getting in trouble would do so in a heartbeat.
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