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Larry Robinson as a coach?

So, he led the Devils to a Cup once as an assistant coach, again as an intermin head coach (!), then got fired, before returning the next season as an assistant and winning the cup again. Why did he get fired in 01-02 when he led his team to a cup and had a history of success with the Devils? I'm not versed in hockey history and I'm curious if anyone has any better insight.

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My understanding is that he hates being a head coach because he doesn't want to be a hardass and doesnt like the pressure. He'd rather teach and feels he can do that better in an assistant role.

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Basically he was too nice to discipline the team and the team already showed signs of inconsistent effort in the 2001 playoffs, despite making it to the finals. That team had no business going down to Toronto and only seemed to play with fire when their backs were against the wall. They also game out completely flat in Game 6 of the SC finals, with a chance to clinch the Cup at home. After Colorado won the Cup, Lou Lamorello publicly called out the Devils for their effort in the finals and said he had never been more disappointed in a team in his life. So the seeds were probably planted from the year before.

Then in 2001-02, the team was clearly underperforming and showing lack of work effort. So he shipped out Jason Arnott (Assistant Captain and previously considered the "future captain" of the team) as one of the biggest culprits and replacing Larry Robinson with a disciplinarian coach.

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My understanding is that he hates being a head coach because he doesn't want to be a hardass and doesnt like the pressure. He'd rather teach and feels he can do that better in an assistant role.
True. I think it was easier to fire Robinson because he actually wouldn't have been that disappointed to lose the job - after his stint in LA, he never wanted to be head coach again, but he couldn't say no to Lou.

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He also had a nervous breakdown a few years back.He's a classy no nonsense type a person who likes to have fun.As long as you work and give 100 percent he can live with your private life issues.But it is true that he does not like to bring the hammer down thats why players have taken advantage of him as a coach

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I can clearly remember an article back in 2002 when he got fired saying something along the lines of "Mr. Nice guy fired". It was common knowledge he was a player's coach, which isn't a bad thing but there are times you have to be a nasty SOB to be successful. You know, Don Cherry always advises coaches to do things "their way" because you are hired to be fired anyway and you'll be glad you went out doing it your way. If you don't have a team full of spoiled brats you can probably be a nice coach and be successful, but if you don't..............

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