columbia wrote:Take over the room?
If that - Shero's intention - is accurate, then it's a pretty discouraging assessment of the team leadership....and I'm not talking about Morrow and Iginla.
Sid leads on the ice (unless a defensively sound team implements a system that our coach is slow to accept might require corresponding changes) and seems to be programmed to be too nice to really take charge in a fiery motivational way.
Geno has a vastly improved grasp of English but I doubt he can articulate well enough, coupled with an endearing shyness that suggests he saves his leadership for random outbursts at his linemates (wish they could mike him up for a game...)
Letang is a sullen hot head with amazing hair and a personality that lags behind his on ice flare.
Orpik has a stare that can burn through steel, but his 'leadership' seems uniformaly critical and probably gets phased out after hearing for a few seasons.
Flower - well, would you be motivated by a guy nicknamed Flower?!
That's a big chunk of money tied into some of the best players in the league, but I don't see a great 'leadership' ROI. I think role players in the ilk of Talbot/Cooke/Rupp/Billy G have been replaced by Glass and AHL fringers who lack the aforementioned player's spark. Essentially I think you need several different types of leadership in a team that can step up at the right time and the current team might lack the ability to respond to every situation.
I also don't blame Morrow and Iggy for wanting to 'fit in' but they both failed to grasp the role that Guerin filled so admirably for his short time here.