Just looking for some thoughts on the notion, nothing really sparked the question, just curious:
Does Tom Renney like/dislike Nikolai Zherdev?
I read through Sam's most recent blog, and he's talking about players being, simply, accountable (Ironic, no?). We know he has his favorites, Rozsival, Drury, etc, but could he be calling out a player like Zherdev in that post game?
I only ask because Z is one of the only bright spots of this team, and we never hear from him. It's hard to gauge where he's at with this team. We know Renney disliked his play at one point this season, benching him and all, but am I over analyzing this? Guys like Mara, Hank, even Naslund really love it here, and it shows. But Zherdev is more obscure. Any thoughts?
Don't turn this into a doomsday thread, there are enough of those (Or save it for the GDT).
If Renney holds Zherdev accountable in any way before the golden boys, with his favo captain Drury included, who has done nothing more than lead his team to epic suckiness, he should lose his job. Because then he's not a professional coach.
Zherdev wants to be creative, that is his game...its not exactly the most safest style but that hows he puts up the #s.
Unfortunately that is not Renney's game, and thus, Zherdev is benched more then anyone, even though he is the leading scoring, because he does not play Renney's "safe/defensive" style all the time.
I figured that, but where does that take the relationship the two have? The way he's been playing it's a given that he needs to be resigned, we haven't had hands this fun to watch in a while. Plus no one on the team can touch his style, but, when the summer comes is signing him going to become a lesser priority, because of Tom? I wish Z would say something, or someone would say something, give us some insight to what everyone's place is/point of view is.
Its simple. Renney is too much of a ***** to bench the senior players. He doesnt have the balls. So he picks on our young players when they make 1 mistake, instead of growing a set and benching players for the continuing glaring mistakes they make.
Someone like Zherdev is an undoubted talent - we know that and I am sure that Tom Renney is perfectly aware of that. However, it makes sense for him to bench the younger players now and again - be it to give them a rest, or to give them a kick in the butt if their performance has dropped. The experienced players have all gone through this earlier in their careers.