Re: Claude Julien.....Alien Abduction???
posted at 10/22/2011 11:03 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Claude Julien.....Alien Abduction???
[QUOTE]Just a reminder JW to what you posted to me. . I think CJ needs a certain type of player to succeed, as mentioned. I always held him responsible for what I perceived as a serious lack of character and aggression on the ice. I saw it as a fatal flaw in the teams personality, and eventually that very issue would cause their demise...it was accurate. I don't think it's any coincidence that the players I mentioned are gone. It's hard to overstate what players like McQuaid, Marchand, Horton & Campbell provide for a coach like CJ when compared to the Blake Wheelers of the world. In hindsight the problems I mentioned were there, I just gave the coach too much of the blame, and not enough to the vanilla players he was burdened with.
Posted by Chowdahkid-[/QUOTE]
All true...and I stand by it.
Hey - where I come from "Knucklehead" isn't anything to take personally- it was meant with humor. And the response was aimed at dez, who can't help but antagonize, even when I posted a thread that was in praise of CJ. Kid can't help himself, he gets off on it -whatever
Chowda- All I'm saying is that it's so obvious to me that CJ has changed his ways from previous years. The last 2 games are an undeniable example of that. Since I'm getting called out for being honest enough to give credit where it's due, I thought it would be fair to point out that maybe fans who were long time CJ supporters to recognize that he does go about things differently now. The guy knows the formula now includes some additional ingredients that have produced success. It's not just about the system and being in position defensively.
Those players I mentioned in the thread you re-posted just may have shown CJ the light. He seems like he's all in now, and I'm thrilled about it. the players do make an enormous difference, but that doesn't mean that Claude hasn't altered and adapted his style and beliefs. I believe he has.
I mean Chris Kelly punching someone with their sweater over their head, Chara finally snapping after an eternity- Claude getting tossed...all followed by drastic line changes in the following game. The message is clear- this team will either compete or changes will be made. Success has a way of teaching and changing people. I think it's reasonable to recognize things are different than they were-
What's not to like- when things go bad for this team now, they just crank up the emotion and leadership- different culture now - It's awesome to see
Maybe you don't agree?