Re: Fire All Coaches
posted at 4/7/2013 7:16 PM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Don't fire him because of one loss. Fire him because the team hasn't returned from Deadsville. I've defended this team up and down the river for six weeks in hopes that they would shake the funk.
Fire him because there is no accountability.
Fire him because the team doesn't play for him.
Fire him because he thinks the goon should be on the ice with 80 seconds left.
Fire him for putting Jagr with Campbell and Paille.
Fire him for putting Jagr at the point on the powerplay.
Fire him for putting Greg Campbell out when they pull the goalie.
Fire him for putting Thornton in the box for bench minors.
The list goes on and on and on. As I stated in the first post, this isn't a knee jerk reaction. He's been pushing me to this for quite a while. Enough is enough. I don't want the season to end after five first round games.
Some of these things are mysterious, I agree, but I don't think I'd call them firing offenses. Plenty of coaches put the goon in the box for bench minors. I imagine the thinking is that if the calls even up, you don't want one of your better 4 on 4 skaters sitting cooling his heels. Campbell is better than a lot of the top six forwards at puck retrieval and is willing to stand there and risk getting caved in by Chara's shot. Late in a one goal game, you're looking for a couple of things - one of them is a face-off in the offensive zone so you can call time-out and get the goalie out. You give that mission to the "energy line" and follow up with rested skilled players if they succeed. These might not be your preferences, but I can see a logic to them. That is, I don't think they're blindly stupid in a "fire stupid" sort of way.
The handling of Jagr has been a bit bizarre, but since he arrived, the team has two goals. You can see his immense talent handling the puck, but he hasn't fit into the system yet - that is, I don't think he's moving the puck at the right time to the right guy in transition, and he's been slow to get it to guys who are open. That's just adjustment. Claude has to figure out how to use him, and I can't fathom that impromptu line will remain for long. I also can't imagine he won't be down low on the PP very soon as they experiment with him.
Really, this comes down to the first two: no accountability (they are being allowed to continue to play without any fire) and they aren't playing for Julien. Really, isn't that just one thing? What would accountability look like? Seguin and Marchand were floundering last night. Without Bergeron to run things through, they didn't know how to play off of each other or who that other guy was. How do you hold them accountable for that other than by giving the third and fourth lines more ice? Horton should have buried three separate golden chances - one I was unable to believe he missed on. Accountability there would be to put Jagr in Horton's spot, I guess, and thereby break up the last remaining line with any chemistry. I'd love them to bench someone and play Spooner or Caron - but those guys haven't done squat to show they can help pull the team out of its slump.
I'm not trying to be a Julien apologist here - I love to see them play a more aggressive, physical, high tempo game - but I still see this team as more than the sum of its parts because of the framework they play within - especially the D. I'm not convinced Julien's time is done here, and I change, either now or in the off-season, is going to be a real risk.