Do you kind of see how you might be contradicting yourself a little?
I don't see how you can praise Dudley, yet slam the 'gutless' core that he assembled at the same time? I mean if you're insinuating that the house that Rick built was never any good to begin with, why would you want this guy back?
And my memory eludes me, but what did Dudley do when the Thrashers began their 3-16 slide or whatever it was in January last year?
Rick never got the time to finish what he started, he was only GM of the Thrashers for one year (Apr 10' to Apr 11).
Thank Rick Dudley for our best forward (Wheeler) our toughest D man (Stuart) and for signing backup Mason.
McLean has nothing positive to say about anything outside of the GTA, he rags on WPG every chance he gets. Remember May 31, after the presser the HC crew is doing their thing and he just had this scowl look on his face, the only comments he made were about how small the arena was. If was so smart he would still be a GM, he is just stirring the pot that is all, Noel said nothing wrong, the team has no go to guys. I trust Noel and Chevy are doing the right things behind the scenes.
I just think that they really need to win this game. Last game was a disappointing loss, and if the month of January showed us anything is that these guys are affected by bad losses. They need to put it behind them, go in with a winning attitude and show up for 60 minutes of hockey.
If they do that, they'll win no problem.
Then that momentum will carry over into the home stand. Hopefully its as good as December's.
I work at a radio station and have to say most of you bought what the reporters were selling in a HUGE way.
I admit Noel has been emotional on several occasions with the media and he does need to turn it down. Except everyone is reading into the whole "I coach what I have" thing waaay too much. It's a phrase I've heard many coaches use and this is a prime example of you buying into exactly what the media is selling. I'm not saying they aren't exactly correct, but they're trying to pull you to one end of the spectrum to sell you a story. I've had to write pieces like this and they know what they're doing.
Coincidentally Noel is edgy with reporters for a while and bad stories about his coaching come from reporters. Strange coincidence.
As for the actual meat of what he's saying I do agree with the sentiment that he has to tone some stuff down. This is an emotional time and it's clearly seen when the Coach and Captain both make strong sentiments that they may need some outside help with the team.
A lot of you are REALLY reading deeply into this though. It's kind of like high school English class. The author wrote "and the curtains were blue" the teacher wanted you to explain the symbolism of the blue curtains actually signified the narrators deep depression, when in actuality the writer just meant that the curtains were ****ing blue.
Maybe I'm jaded because I work in media, but when people start regurgitating a strong opinion from an article and start putting a thousand types of meaning and significance into a phrase like "I coach what I teach" and those opinions line up with the reporters I can't help but think I'm right.
Except everyone is reading into the whole "I coach what I have" thing waaay too much. It's a phrase I've heard many coaches use and this is a prime example of you buying into exactly what the media is selling.
Agreed. The phrase, generally, isn't a dig at the team -- it's usually a way of dodging reporters trying to work something out of a coach along the lines of trade sound-bytes (or the coach thinks that's what they're angling for). It should, more often than not, be read as "I'm not going to comment on what we need to trade for."