Re: I think CJ has evolved into an elite coach
posted at 11/29/2011 12:06 AM EST
In Response to Re: I think CJ has evolved into an elite coach
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: I think CJ has evolved into an elite coach : Sorry, maybe I've been misunderstood. I don't think he has always been a great coach. OK, fair enough, so I think we might be both on the same page.
However, I do believe that he has been consistent during his tenure in Boston. I don't think his coaching has changed as dramatically as you've claimed over the past few months or sotrue, overall his coaching hasn't changed very dramatically, but the devil is in the detail. It's the little stuff that turns you from grade B coach, not deep playoff coach, into what he is now, grade A coach capable of a deep playoff run
(I believe you were calling him out even during the playoffs last year, but please correct me if I am wrong on this). Yes, I wanted him fired in the Habs series. I had thought he had it going on from the Ryder benching, but I thought he reverted in the Habs series, but then it was from that point on that he got religion and was able to get it together consistently
However I just think the experience of the players has had more of an impact on the team than CJ's coaching adjustments. Same team that started the playoffs v. the Habs that ended that series
I think he has been a great coach since he has been here, completely turning this franchise around. I believe that was colored by the mess that Lewis left - and "F" coach, evidenced by his just getting back an assistant job recently. I think he was a "B" coach then, and turning the mess around as fast as he did got him the Adams.
For example, like Red said, he's always been a man of "surprise moves". Benching Kessel in the playoffs years back against Montreal seemed like a surprise move. Look at how it motivated Kessel. Yes, great move. It was the right move.
Claude has always been a long term thinker as well.I believe if Claude was the Claude of today, he would have done better with Kessel and figured out how to get him to show up for the Carolina series.
He has always had a plan for his goaltending duos and states this all of the time. And you say it "seems different" how he is treating rookies but realistically the only change is that Seguin is getting ice time this year because he has proven that he deserves it. Last year Seguin looked like a boy among men for much of the season. True, only my gut feel makes me say that.
Rookies like Caron and Kampfer still have not proven themselves and are being treated as Seguin was last year, by getting limited ice time and a lot of time upstairs. Right, but it seems smoother. There were games where Seguin sat and people said he should be playing and games where people said he should be sitting. This year, the only question I had - and others - was playing Pouliot where I - and others - thought maybe Hamill should get another shot. CJ proved right - he got the production out of Pouliot. There wasn't such a 1 to 1 effect as with Seguin last year.
This is just my opinion though.
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