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02-27-2014, 12:45 PM
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russ99
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Originally Posted by Hockey Nightmare View Post
I have two competing views of Krueger...

1. He was a mediocre coach. The system we were playing was flawed and not the way you win games on a consistent basis in the NHL.
2. He was a great coach. The system was flawed, but it was the way that THIS team - as it was built - could win the most games. With a better team defense, maybe he uses another system.
That is true, but Ralph tailored his system to the players as compared to Eakins coming in with no NHL experience full of grandiose ideas of how we should play and unrealistic ideals of fitness levels, then ramming it down the players' throats win or lose, cookie cutter style.

If there's one think I'd like to see Eakins change is to just lighten it up a bit and go with the flow. Nothing in hockey is black and white.

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