Players were unhappy with Bylsma's numerous meetings and long practices and the decreasing sense of fun within the Penguins' daily environment, the sources said. Crosby and Malkin also grew disenchanted with perceived harsh criticism they received from Bylsma during meetings, the sources said.
I don't even know what to say. Maybe one of their grandmothers can be the next coach.
/sorry for yet another bylsma post
I thought they never practiced?
Well, if DB's personality radically changed then that can be a problem. If the players got the sense that he was more worried about his job than the team, then yes, that can be a problem. If the team felt that all of the "tough guy" stuff was for naught--and misplaced effort, since real issues wouldn't be addressed, then that would be a problem.
No one's saying that the players needed to be coddled. I'm not. But it might not be as simple as DB tried to end the country club and the players revolted because they didn't want discipline or accountabilty. If he acted one way for 4 years, appeared to have faith in them, and then the team sensed that he turned on them
and tuned them
Whether or not it's justified, the team could react negatively, and we know what can happen when the players no longer want to play for someone.
If this report is true, and, really, who knows what is at this point, then I'd say that DB could end the country club and institute accountability while being consistent in his nature. Good managers can do this.