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So how is RC supposed to coach this team from now on?

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02-03-2012, 11:57 AM
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So RC losing is because this team is cursed, because he knows he won't have a job here next season (speculation!), because he's a "piece of steak in a lions pit", etc.?

But when it comes to JM, every evil and bad things originate from him.

Sorry but you guys make me laugh for showing how biased you are.

Oh and sure it's Gauthier's fault (probably more G. Molson's fault) but you guys wanted a head-coach change.
Molson wanted to save money by letting Boivin go, but he should had not, and stay in the background as the owner, period.

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Kostitsyn played a total of 2:23 in the first period after scoring the first goal....Where's the accountability he's been talking about exactly? IDK Kaberle with the Icing, Gomez in the shootout, Leblanc+A.Kost on the 4th line, In the words of Ricky from Trailer Park Boys, this team is f**kd

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Bourque- Pleks - Leblanc
Cole - DD - Patches
(Moen)Palushaj- Eller - Kost
White - Gomez - Darche

Subban - Gorges
Diaz - Emelin
(Gill)Weber - Kaberle


Moen/Gill stay in lineup until they get traded.


- play the top-3 lines relatively even minutes (at least through 2 periods, go with "hot hands" in 3rd), 4th line ~10-12min/game. Hold all players to same standard, play hard = get minutes, play soft = glued to the bench (kaberle may need to wear extra padding on his arse to avoid splinters, but so be it)

- make it clear to young players, and everyone else, that they are playing for their jobs for next season, but otherwise give them longer "leashes", accepting a degree of mistakes (so long as effort/intensity/focus in games & practices is consistent)


at this point, odds of RC returning are pretty slim-to-none. to his benefit, I think most knowledgable hockey people (or anyone who hasn't had their head in the sand), knows that he was put into a bogus situation by his GM. Even if the team continues losing or losing even more as a result of playing the "kids" more minutes, as long as his team competes hard every night, I think he can walk away feeling good about getting another shot as a HC eventually.

Habs need to focus on development and view remainder of the season as a chance for young guys to get experience free from the huge pressure of expectations, which are or should be just about done at this point.

~30 games, should give the young guys plenty of time to reach a degree of comfort and start to really put on display what level they are ready to compete at... giving our next GM a better gauge of what he has to work with in the offseason/next year.

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