Re: Fire All Coaches
posted at 4/8/2013 9:11 AM EDT
The first part of your post 'bookboy' is over-generous I think; it suggests a method or design by Julien. I think, the reason everyone's up-in-arms here is because Julien, in recent games, has invited us to be - by showing precisely the opposite - a lack of method or design. That's when the likes of us usually flood in, when and where we see an opening. Bergeron gets injured and Claude is juggling lines faster than they can play the shifts. We apologize for him by claiming things he isn't or hasn't - 'he's holding Seguin to a higher standard' - 'he's rewarding Campbell for speed and intelligence.' He could also be flailing.
After every Trade Deadline the focus turns to the Coach, there is nothing more for the GM to do, the heat gets turned up - 'It's the coach's team now!' 'He has the tools, lets see what he does with them!' Yes, Julien had the great misfortune of having the best centreman in the game today, subtracted from his line-up at the Trade Deadline. But it needn't throw him and the team into chaos.
Julien has reacted by mis-casting everyone from the bottom, up. Giving everyone roles that are above, beneath or strange to them - everyone except Thornton.
Julien should, at least, take a crack at mis-casting everyone from the top down
Jaromir Jagr was a great 'get' at the Trade Deadline. He leads the Bruins in goals. He should be at least TRIED with Krejci. My belief is that the 'how' to configure the rest of the lines will go and flow from there. Right now, the 'top' of the team; Lucic/Krejci/Horton (and afterall, Julien referred to them as his 'best line' last game) is not setting 'the standard'. Julien needs to remake the 'Top' of his team and hope for the appropriate trickle down effect.
Perhaps Julien feels (in his reward system) that Jagr hasn't earned 'the top' and he worries too much about 'the message' that might send (and he does seem troublesomely a little too-worried about 'the message' lately), but Julien doesn't have the luxury of worrying about such things right now. This team is folding to the occasion of the oncoming Playoffs.
If Julien were to start at the top and work down, then no one (not just Seguin) would be immune to demotion. THAT would be holding EVERYONE to a higher standard. THAT would be coaching. THAT would leave us little to say, less to complain about and more importantly we wouldn't have to worry so much about the psyche of the Coach.