On L'antichambre yesterday they were saying a team is a reflection of their coach. And since JM never shows any emotion or energy, the team reflects this lack of emotion and lack of energy. I tend to agree with this. How do you get pumped when you have a coach who looks to be unmotivated himself?
No offense but that's complete garbage. How are the Rangers doing with Tortarella? Wilson with the Leafs?
Latendresse, Lapierre and Kostopoulos complemented each other very well and that's why they were one of our best lines on even strength.
Lapierre's speed and strong forechecking were key components to this line success. I am surprised that you did not notice it.
Anyhow… I hope Martin finds a way to extract the best of Lapierre.
I'll repeat it for you: this was ALL Lats. The minute Latendresse got hurt against Boston, Lapierre was much less effective, much less visible and much less aggressive. Latendresse was great at creating space for both of Lapierre and Kostopoulos with both his skills and his size. Lapierre can't create space for himself, and doesn't have the required skillset to generate things in the offensive zone regularly. He's an energy player, a 4th line center.
The success of this line was all Lats. I'm not even shy of repeating it.
^ do you think the guy who makes the most is the smartest guy?
No and thats the whole problem. Sometimes the slacker is making more money then others who work harder and smarter. This leads to bad morale in the workplace, and can hurt productivity for the unit as a whole.
Lapierre had injured Cammy during their fight in practise ? That has to be the stupidest thing Yappy has done with the Habs, throwing punches at our only 20 goal scorer. I don't care what Cammy said you as a plug just don't do that. Besides never fighting against opponents, he drops them against our best player. I wouldn't be surprised if he isn't the next one that's gone !
It guess that Lapierre figured out what is happening in Gainey's brain.
After the "K" (Koivu, Kostopoulos, Komisarek, Kovalev) and sticking with the Kostitsyn brothers , he attacked his list of "L" already this summer by not resigning Lang... and got rid of Latendresse and Laraque. Next on the list: Lapierre.
After him, Mara, Metropolit, Moen and.... Markov! ;(