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October 5, 2013| Flyers 1 at Canadiens 4
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10-06-2013, 02:40 PM
We don't need one!
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The unfortunate thing about coaching is that it's very cyclical. Very seldom do you see a coach stay tenured in a spot for very long. Mike Babcock is turning out to be the exception and even then, there were questions about his tenure with Detroit this past summer.
With that being said, coaches often have a way of re-inventing themselves if the need arises. I look at what Ken Hitchcock is doing in St. Louis and it astounds me that he couldn't do the same here. There's more flexibility to him now in terms of offensive game planning than what he let go on here. Mike Babcock has also re-invented himself in Detroit and has kept the Red Wings very competitive. And that's what completely baffles me about Laviolette.
Peter is a very smart coach. Extremely intelligent, well versed, very knowledgeable. Yet, his refusal to adapt his system to the personnel he has just leaves me scratching my head. Why does he refuse to modify his system? Why can't he adapt defensive strategies into his system to help out his defense? Why does the system have to be so attack and movement oriented when he doesn't have the personnel to employ it? That's what I don't understand. A smart coach should be able to adapt and plan accordingly. Yet, Laviolette refuses to budge and continues to employ a system that just doesn't work.
It's that reason that I've really soured on Laviolette and am starting to understand why the Islanders and the Hurricanes let him go. Teams eventually figure out his game plan and he's done because he's unwilling or just doesn't know how to adapt.
Darwin would be very proud of this observation....
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