09 January 2008
Now let me re-write that paragraph:
fire a coach demote a player (or goalie) too quickly over normal pains then it creates all sorts of problems. The new coach new player is hindered in his ability to coach play, because he knows he doesn't really have the support of his general manager coach. It's human, if you feel you are under the microscope you are less inclined to be creative, take calculated chances and it lowers moral because you know the axe could be coming for you at any whim. Constantly shuffling your coaching staff lines and players also results in constantly changing philosophy players and playstyles which doesn't allow players to develop any kind of, and god I hate this word, chemistry with their teammates linemates. Every bad break could be your last. This instability kills confidence as well. So I prefer a philosophy that lets coaches players know they are free to do what they want, within reason.
JM-Liles (healthy scratch)
And McCormick, McLeod, and Boychuk are a rookie mistake away from joining that list.
That's more than half the roster that has been deeling with Q's coaching philosophy, which seems to be "Something went mildly wrong: Bench somebody". The last game against the red Wings, and the ineffectiveness on the powerplay, inconsistent goaltending and generally offensive offense are all results of this constant change. The last game against the Red Wings is the perfect example, the Avs lost 1-0, and the defense and goaltending looked solid. But there was no offensive creativity. None. When Datsyuk put that goal in the net I don't think one Avs fans said "We'll get that one back". The first thought in my mind was "They're screwed, they can't score a goal right now to save their life."
The team lacks confidence in itself, and that can be directly attributed to players feeling like they are going to Cleveland for every mistake they make.
So Giguere I like you're conservative approach of stability, but it's time to bring in a coach with the same philosophy.
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