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10-11-2013, 02:59 PM
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Pierre Lebrun wrote about the Oilers slow start

Finally, letís not discount thereís a new coach behind the bench. That takes adjustment for the players.

I am reminded of a comment Troy Brouwer of the Washington Capitals made to me in mid-March last season regarding the teamís second-half turnaround after struggling early on under rookie head coach Adam Oates.

"This team has played a certain way and had an idea about their identity for quite a few years now, and when it gets changed a little, it was tough to embrace that," Brouwer said. "So I think we had a bit of trust issues at the beginning of the year, whether or not the new system would be a good fit for the team, and within the team to make sure guys were doing their part. As the season went on, we embraced it a little bit more and a little bit more, annd then finally we had full trust in Adam's system and the guys carrying it out."

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