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10-07-2013, 09:14 AM
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Laviolette only knows how to coach one way...go balls out offense and hope your goalie bails you out. He won a cup with Carolina that way (if you remember Carolina's D was pretty terrible at actually playing D but Cam Ward was lights out in the playoffs)
Not coincidentally that is a huge reason why the Flyers have struggled in a general sense recent years. Their D can't move the puck well enough to help push the pace with their forwards like Lavvy wanted, and honestly aren't good enough defensively to just be sitting back and shutting things down, and their goaltending just isn't good enough in general
Lavvy didn't have a good roster to work with but he really isn't much with adapting his coaching style either.
Then why is Holmgren bringing in plodders like Grossmann, L. Schenn, and Hal freaking Gill? Not only is that type of defenceman looking more and more like relics of the past, they aren't at all what goes well with Lavy's system. Why let Carle go? Becasue the fans hated him? Way to identify the players that contribute to your success Paul!
Pronger seems to have ruined the view of defencemen in Philly. They seem to think it was his toughness that made him a good defenceman, whereas it was only a nice complement to him being an excellent defenceman in all facets.
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