I have always stuck up for Peter L and will always appreciate the Cup he brought to us, but damn, I have lost a little respect... He sounded like a kid that had his candy stolen from him... What a whiner he sounded like... Why would he embarrass himself and even give an interview and then sound like that...
I could just be an overly sensitive and offended fan too LOL..
I have no problem with it. He picked the Devils and said that they could take advantage of the Canes lack of size up front. I don't disagree with that statement. Now had he said the Canes were going to get swept, yeah that would be just sour grapes.
Any coach, and I mean any coach, that gets fired and the coach that comes in behind him takes that same talent and has success with it is going to doubt his own ability to motivate his men. How that manifests itself is another thing all together. I think I recall Maurice saying something to the effect of he hoped that the Leafs "lost every game for the next 10 years". Maurice is just so glib that it managed to not really offend much of anybody, but the sentiment that exists is very real.
I don't fault Laviolette for not being kissy-kissy with the same team that pretty much quit on him. But it has to make you wonder if he was the one making the plea to upper management to get bigger this offseason when you hear him say things about how tiny this team is up front.
He also never had a 1st line like Staal Cole & Ruutu to work with either. I think they can hold their own just fine size wise and toughness wise. Lavi got it done without the weapons Mo has been given. He almost got it done last year too but came up short by putting the wrong players out there.
He has every right to be pissed about the way things went here but I doubt that effected his pick on TSN. The guy is a professional and wants another job.