Pitts wrote:I agree Snapper. I just hope MT is communicating that at some point to Orpik. We all remember how Glenn Patrick's lack of communication (and to a lesser extent CP's in Pgh.) went over with Orpik a few season's ago. I think Orpik has to learn to hold his tongue a little bit when the situation warrants it and ask the coach for a meeting if he's that perturbed by the benching. Sometimes, I don't think he sees or thinks about things like you have there. It's simple, there was reason the coach benched him. Probably, it was a small mistake he made. Obviously, the coach expects more from him, and that should be considered a good thing. Orpik needs to learn that and use it to take his game to higher levels.
Yeah, the comment about not having spoken to the coaches about the benching is a little perplexing. As you say, maybe they want to see if he will come to them?
Anyway, I get the feeling that Orpik has that $1M talent and 10 cent head thing going. He needs to just "get it" and I believe his game can take a giant leap forward. I'm sure he is "working hard" in his own estimation, but I think he can be star if he just lets someone push him past his own internal limits.
Some guys are too intense, but I think he is more apt to just compete hard without being critical of himself. In his head, if he hits and works - I think he can live with the results no matter what. My point to him would be to focus now on results, because he has already proven he can play in the NHL. Now he needs to hold himself to the standards of a top defenseman in the league.
I'm not sure he considers what the team needs from him if they are going to be a playoff team.