Re: Claude Julien
posted at 4/7/2013 11:26 AM EDT
In response to Sportsnutty's comment:
What can the coach do about that? Bench the players that show no urgency.
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
The most flagrant, among several glaring problems, was that wide cycle puck movement right through the last 30 seconds of the game with a 6 on 4. No shots. A stunning lack of awareness, when a go-for-broke net storming was obviously called for. I can't come up with any decent excuse for that.
I'm not disagreeing to just disagree, but I don't understand how execution is the coaches fault. Did he not say "pretty please do your job"? The team lost puck battles, had dozens of turnovers, STILL don't go to the front of the net, and refused to shoot with the 6-4 advantage.. what is CJ to do about that?
This style of play is not new. The team has shown a disturbing malaise for quite awhile now. Whether its a case of being in a slump, bad luck, being fat and happy with a contract, lazy, WHATEVER, if the players are not doing what you ask them to do you bench them or, if necessary, park them in the press box.
When a team is a goal down in the last 10 minutes and every guy who jumps over the boards flys to the net showing a sense of urgency that looks like a Game 7... and you lose... the coach just says, "good effort boys, we'll get them next time."
However, when even the most casual observer can see the team as a whole is demonstrating no emotional effort whatsoever, its time to start having personal conversations with each one in the coaches office, concluding with some people being very upset about being demoted, losing ice time and not dressing. If you have to roll 2.5 lines because that's all the players you can get to engage, then so be it.
I'm not so concerned about the lack of physical play... I dont think you can force that... I'm infuriated by the complete lack of personal engagement. They look like they don't care, and thats on the coach.