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04-25-2014, 03:02 PM
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Firing national team coaches isn't exactly the Finnish way. The last one to get fired/released was Raimo Summanen after the 2004 World Cup. Our coaches are usually on 2-3 year deals anyway, because there's a line to become the next NT coach.
I think if Westerlund had been in a similar position, the questions would have been very different. More like why were there no changes in the lines, tactics(line balance and distances between the forwards and defensemen), goalie rotation and stuff like that. Without giving too much credit to a certain individual, Finnish hockey media is very well educated on the tactical side and stories and interviews rely heavily on tactical issues.
Russia has only had 2 coaches in the last 8 years. Because it was obvious that both the team and the program itself is headed in the wrong direction, there was no possibility that retaining Bilyaletdinov could be considered. No one would have tolerated retaining him. If the youth expansion programs don't bear fruit within the next 4-5 years, maybe Tretiak will be next.
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