having not seen any habs practices, I can't comment on them myself, but if his description is honest, I'd consider it a pretty fair critique.
there's an argument to be made for "perfecting" the fundamentals, and drilling those home with basic drills until they are automatic, but at the same time, great coaches know how use variety to achieve that same goal, whereas dogmatic coaches lacking creativity simply stick to what they know without themselves striving to find innovative ways to deliver it.
I'm a bit surprised that RC, as a new and younger coach, isn't more ambitious in his approach (assuming that the article is accurate), especially given his integration of modern technology as a teaching tool...
I wonder if, to a degree, he's "holding back", given his mid-season appointment, rationalizing that it's better to "stay the course" and stick with what the players are familiar with as opposed to radically putting his own stamp on the teams training practices...
Haven't been to a practice, so can't know.
But ya, if you do the exact same drills, it will certainly get boring. Some drills are boring the first time you do them, so it can only be worse if it's repeated non-stop.
Maybe that's also why we've seen players seem not so attentive during the practices.
It could also explain why our PP units have been the same and repeat the same tactics since the last blue moon.
I believe it's something that hasn't been talked about yet, and I think it does affect the players. Don't you?
They haven't talked about the traffic on the Champlain bridge, and how it affects the moral of the players and coaches and how that affects practices and then directly...the games.
After that, we will discuss how global warming has affected the Habs negatively because the lack of snow does not climatize the players to the cold of the arena, therefore it affects their comfort on the ice, and makes them lose games.