IntangibleBeer wrote:1. Yes, I believe the superstars will follow a coach or system they believe in. Primary example: Badger Bob Johnson.
Unfortunately we will never know how good he really could have been, or if the players (Mario) would have kept listening to him. However, Bowman was a great coach (even better than Johnson) and that did not stop the players from doing their own thing. I do not think that there is a coach today that would compare to either of those two anyway.
IntangibleBeer wrote:2. I don't think it is either, but 1) it doesn't seem to be sound offensively with the players on the ice; 2) Players maybe skating around because they have lost faith in it.
Unfortunately point 2 is a chicken or the egg type thing. Do they not have faith or do they just not care to listen? They aren't too far off from one another and impossible to pinpoint.
IntangibleBeer wrote:3. It must be working for the other teams. Maybe Berube has a system that fits his players and that his players believe in.
The same chicken/egg type thing, just from the other side of the coin. Do they follow the system because they believe in it or do they follow the system because it is their job to follow the system?
IntangibleBeer wrote:4. You might have something there, but I don't know.
The way his mind is, I do not think that there is a coach in the league that would be able to get Malkin (for example) to tow the line and I do not think that there is a system on the planet that Malkin would stick to. Letang seems to be following Malkin's path, as are a few other people.
Fleury... he seems to play noticeably better (eye test, not just stats) when he feels that his job is in danger. When Tugnutt took over the team Fleury came back and exploded. Then he slipped again after he got comfortable again. Vokoun came in last year and took the reigns, so Fleury came in this year and has played lights out. When Fleury is held accountable, when he looks in the mirror... he actually responds. It is time for other players to face the piper.
IntangibleBeer wrote:All your responses point to a situation where HCDB has lost the team or the team leaders. That requires either a change of the team (if you think HCDB is the next Scotty Bowman) or a change of the coach.
I sure as heck do not think that DB is the next Bowman, or even close. I just do not think that a change in coach is going to fix ANYTHING. I feel that changing the coach is just treating the symptoms and NOT treating the actual problem. The issue might seem to go away for a little bit, but since the problem is still there it will return. It would be just making a change to make a change and make it look like you are doing something, but it is not address the situation at all.