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04-24-2007, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by RaiderDoug View Post
Did you expect them to say any different?
If they thought that he was the major reason they didn't advance, they certainly wouldn't have come out and defended him.

The reason[s] that we didn't advance doesn't fit in to the neat little package of "Fire Trotz," it is much more multifactoral than that...but the bottom line is that the player's didn't get it done on the ice....and they, for the most part have acknowledged that.

It is interesting....I called XM radio and asked Phil Esposito....where does the buck stop when you are assigning blame for failure for a team not getting the job done....
His response was that in all his years as a player, GM, and coach....he has never seen a game where the loss was the coaches fault...it always rests with the players not getting the job done on the ice, and it is their responsibility to bring it, not the coaches.
....One may not agree with Phil, but I thought it was an interesting perspective from a guy that should know a little more about it than any of us armchair GMs...

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