Re: Front Office Power Struggle
posted at 1/5/2011 11:11 AM EST
In Response to Re: Front Office Power Struggle
[QUOTE]Claude wore flip flops? Let's not get all Causeway Place here. I could see a discussion taking place where someone - CJ, Sweeney, PC, Neely, Charles in Charge, the Cryptkeeper, or any combination of the above - decided that the team wasn't going to be given the chance to lapse into the same complacency as last year. As a consequence, lines were re-jigged so that we now see what seemed the most logical lineup in the offseason: Savard's the #1C, Bergeron and Recchi are together again and mentoring the superrookie. The trade bait line is back together and showing signs of recapturing the chemistry, and the fourth line is, with the exception of Marchand beating out Paille, what we'd expected. I'd guess this was the last straw before player movement: i.e. "this is the lineup we built in the offseason and we've never actually seen it in action; let's give it a chance before we alter the plan." Same deal, really, with the tighter rein on ice time. I still think you can only play ice time head games with players when there's a legit chance that someone will come in and take their jobs if given their ice. Whitfield scared no one last year. Caron? Marchand moving up the lineup? Sauve's speed? Memories of Bartkowski in camp? Paille in the press box, and playing well when he gets a chance? Three lines that can be 'the line' on any given night? Yeah, that's better. Really, all we're seeing is what should happen when a team with depth runs into a bout of flatness. I'm also guessing Julien didn't need a roadmap to find his way back to playing Rask on Monday after Thomas couldn't hold the fort against Buffalo. He needs TR. TR needs to play against teams the Bruins should beat for now. And he was certainly motivated by the yank against Buffalo. Plenty of reasons beyond a front office soap opera.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
In the rear-view, pulling Rask seems like the right move. What hurts confidence for a young goalie more than letting in a bunch of goals? It will happen to everyone at times, but TR had a built-in excuse that game, and he certainly looked nothing like he did Monday night. Monday he looked solid, confident and prepared. The previous game he looked out of sorts.
I thought he should have played a little more previously, and I initially looked at the yanking as insulting, when at worst it was probably Claude's tendency to be protective of his players.
Thomas' confidence wouldn't take a hit if he let in 100 straight goals. It was basically like the older brother coming in and taking the hit when the younger brother is having a bad day. The way they all handled it the next few days makes me think they might have a special collection of relationships in the locker room right now. Who complained after the fact? Thomas? Nope. Rask? Nope. Anyone else? Not that I know of.
Those are very good signs for both the players and the organization in general. Bumps in the road and come out stronger. Good stuff.