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03-07-2014, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Winter Eclipse View Post
So you ask for an explicit comment from Therrien regarding the switch to a "grinding" style, are given it, then attach a duration requirement?

So basically, unless Therrien comes out and gives a Saint Crispin's Day Speech on changing the system, you refuse to believe he has?

Despite dropping from 5th in ES GF to 26th?
Despite dropping from 5th on the PP to 13th?
Despite the fact that our shot differential went from +3.7 to -2.2?
Despite the fact that our winning percentage when trailing after 1 went from .421 to .219?
Despite the vast majority of our forwards have regressed offensively?

All of this is on the players, none on the coach?

No evidence except:

Dropping from 5th in ES GF to 26th
Dropping from 5th on the PP to 13th
Our shot differential went from +3.7 to -2.2
Our winning percentage when trailing after 1 went from .421 to .219
The vast majority of our forwards have regressed offensively

Yeah, it's far more likely that all of our players decided to stop playing a system that brought them success last year, and have decided on their own to grind it out...

...or that the majority of them all took giant leaps backwards or simply stopped caring about scoring goals or winning games.

Clearly, the probability of these factors applying to multiple players during the same season all at the same time is greater than the probability of one guy (who got fired from a team with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) being incompetent.

What's more likely is that you have no idea what "more likely" means.
Nobody "decides" to stop playing well. Some key players (Emelin, Eller, Prust to an extent) are not having as good a year as last year. Coaches and players on this team regularly mention that they win when they stick to the game plan and they get in trouble when they deviate from it. Something definitely is different than last year. Personally I think it's some players not playing at their best like last year and second the team deviating from the game plan a bit more often at times. They did not decide conscientiously to do this, it's probably largely psychological. Maybe they started thinking they were a better team than they actually were I don't know. And yet they're still near the top of the conference so it's not like they are a sinking ship.

But you'll never convince me that any sane person looks at those numbers you posted for last year and then decides to change anything, let alone change the system entirely. (assuming that as much as you hate Therrien like he killed your dog we agree at least that he is a sane person)

Why? Because it's completely ridiculous to assume so. He could have been seriously considered for coach of the year last year. You think he's going to decide to change his system? Get real.

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