posted at 4/7/2013 7:49 AM EDT
It’s no secret that CJ isn’t my favorite. Since he was the coach for the team I’ve lived and died with my whole life that won the cup, I’ve backed off and given him the respect that accomplishment deserves.
FWIW, here’s the deal. I truly believe that the guy is an excellent x’s and o’s coach who has a solid grasp of solid fundamental defensive hockey. Really like a great coordinator more than a head coach. He also strikes me as a good man who conducts himself with dignity. He believes in a system that obviously can be successful, and knows that system as well as anyone in the game. I don’t like that style of hockey or any other sport for that matter because it tends to take the emotion and aggression out of teams that employ it. But it can work ….IF –
The players on the ice take it upon themselves to compete and play a physical ,desperate brand of hockey. Under a CJ coached team, those crucial elements for success will have to take place on the ice, because they will not be held accountable for those aspects of the game from behind the bench. It is something that will always take a back seat to the defensively responsible assignments they are held to.
I’ve seen things on the ice that are so bad that it leaves me speechless. They are just too numerous to mention.
For whatever reason, this team has lost its ability to engage emotionally, and that is the single issue that is spiraling them down. No scrums, fights, fore checking or desperation. They need leadership in the worst way, and they don’t have that guy right now. It would be nice to imagine that would come from the head coach, but it ain’t gonna happen. Instead, they will be drilled with the system as the reason for poor play …I think that whole deal has run its course, and that he’s lost his this team. This is the big bad Bruins, but it’s awfully hard to take advantage of that strength when you’re priority is skating back to the neutral zone. Some coaches just have a shelf life that runs out faster than others, I think the expiration date is here, but that shouldn’t take away from his record which deserves respect.