Individual improvement. Players are growing. A thing I always *****ed about under MacT. Penner, well, this is pretty rare but the guy is just soaring. Jacques marked improvement. Growth of Ganger. In fact I'm seeing an improvement in a lot of players. And as follows, as players get better so does the team.
Fixing problems. One of my favs with this staff. After watching problems with players in games this staff seems to just get after it and work on fixing the problems. Cogs wasn't putting in the effort, wasn't skating hard to maximize his game early on. They've got him putting in the effort. I bet results will follow soon enough. Gilberts lousy start has been replaced with much stronger play. Hell, even Staios's play of late is cutting down on his penchant for tunnel vision chasing after the puck no matter where it goes. Things that are problems get corrected. I love it.
And my number one reason for loving this coaching staff. We come to play. For years I always hated how MacT coached teams would feel their way into games. Come out slow and adjust to what the other team was doing. Even at home. And more often than not be battling from behind trying to match the other team.
But the boys are coming out playing hard from the opening whistle. They are hustling from the first shift. Instigating hits. Skating hard. Hard on the forecheck. I think it's a thing of beauty. They come prepared for battle and it shows. Instead of sleep walking through the first period these guys are bringing it. And their level of energy and commitment has been pretty consistent. I can stand losing to a better team. But I always hated not knowing if we lost to a better team or we just weren't prepared, just weren't putting in the effort to be rewarded. I think this coaching staff has the boys ready to go on most nights. And I'm lovin it.
I absolutely love what Quinn and Renney have done with this team. I just hope those MacT supporters can now see that he infact did not know how to use most of his players and was one of the main reasons why the team never seemed to click most of the time.
What, 32 games in and Quinn has a record that is just a tease above mediocrity. Not much different from teams past. At the end of the day, if we're still the same team in the standings, what difference does it make how we got there. Oh yeah, we're entertainingly mediocre.
This new coaching staff seems to give each player definitive roles unlike the previous coaching staff and you can clearly see the difference now. If MacT was still around, Jacques would be nothing more then a scrub, Brule and Stone would be buried in the minors and Penner would be in the dog house with a couple goals to show.
What exactly are JFJ and Stone now? Scrubs that are playing in the NHL? They are serviceable tough hitters that add much needed grit to the team and fulfills Quinns plan for overall team tougness. Penner had as much to do with his lack of success under MacT. His work ethic didn't exactly endear himself to the Ducks organization also.
I like Quinn, glad he is on board and enjoy the breath of fresh air he has brought. But it is highly unfair to rate Quinn on 32 games.
I was as big an "Anti-MacT" poster as anyone but I will say this...the guy does have something when it comes to coaching, he just couldn't put it together and get past playing the old guard. I'm betting that he watches and absorbs what other coaches are doing and he'll come back and be better for it in the long run. (as long as it isn't with us...lol).
I applaud Quinn for letting players be who they are (Penner) and having enough patience to see what he's got before over-reacting (Brule).