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01-27-2014, 04:22 PM
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Scotty coaching young d.

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I think this is one of the biggest myths thrown around these forums.

I have no idea if Nieds is a good coach or not but just because he was an elite defender himself doesn't mean anything in regards to having him around the team. Gretzky's playing ability didn't do anything for his players when he coached Phoenix. There are plenty of teams who have access to elite former players, having Niedermayer here is nothing out of the ordinary.

The best coaches and assistants more often than not were fringe NHLers/minor league guys.

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I think this is one of the biggest myths thrown around these forums.

I have no idea if Nieds is a good coach or not but just because he was an elite defender himself doesn't mean anything in regards to having him around the team. Gretzky's playing ability didn't do anything for his players when he coached Phoenix. There are plenty of teams who have access to elite former players, having Niedermayer here is nothing out of the ordinary.

The best coaches and assistants more often than not were fringe NHLers/minor league guys.
That seems to be truism across all sports.

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That seems to be truism across all sports.
Can't teach talent and guys who are not supremely talented tend to have to work on knowing the Xs and Os front to back.

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I've heard different theories. The one I like is that the best athletes, while they may have worked hard, had an ability to see the game better and easier than most. Ted Williams was one of the best hitters ever in baseball. He was one of the worst managers. It was said he could read the seams on a baseball as it left the pitcher's hand, all the way until it made contact with his bat. As a manager/teacher, he couldn't understand why everybody else couldn't just see what he was seeing. Not unlike how Gretzky could see everywhere and know what would happen next. Looks easy until you try it yourself. Or until you try to teach it if you are a Williams or Gretzky.

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The Ducks were dominate last year also, its nothing that came out of no where.

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