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10-06-2013, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by BobbyClarkeFan16 View Post
The "new" players are veterans who have been around the league long enough that it should take them next to no time to get themselves acclimated to the team. Coburn has been here long enough now that he is what he is - an inconsistent defenseman who can be all world one minute and extremely mediocre the next.

I feel for Coburn though because I really think he doesn't know what Laviolette wants from him. I get the impression that Laviolette barks at him to play a defensive style and when Coburn does, Laviolette barks at him for not being more offensive. It's a no win situation and I can see why a guy like Coburn often looks out of the loop (I can't believe it, but I'm actually defending Coburn).

And it's not just Coburn. The rest of the players just look confused by what Laviolette is telling them. And that right there usually means he's lost the group and he needs to go. I could see a coach with a defensive acumen coming in here and getting through to Coburn and him being better for it. He'll never be a world beater, but there's no reason to believe he can't be an effective shut down defender with elite skating ability.
Hartnell pretty much flat-out said that in the offseason, didn't he?

If Hartnell and other players told Homer in the post-season interviews "Hey, we have no idea what the hell the coach is doing or wants from us" and Homer decided "This is a man I should keep," I don't know what to say.

Well, I do know what to say, but most of it will be asterisked out.

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