Time For The Bruins To Move On From Claude

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    There is more than enough of a track record to suggest it's time to strongly consider moving on from Claude.  No Claude cannot help the fact that the Bruins lack any quality skating or puck moving defenseman but let's face it that's really the only glaring weakness the Bruins have.   Under Claude's tenure we have continuously seen the Bruins come out flat time and time again and often play, when it matters most, some seriously uninspiring hockey.  Not to mention the fact that Claude's idea of winning hockey is wrapped up in a defensive system that is akin to simply playing not to lose. Anyone notice this trend lately where the Bruins are falling behind 0-3 in games and then suddenly the offense turns on and they start coming back?Washington down 0-3 (lose 4-3), Kings down 0-3 (shootout loss), Tampa down 0-3 (lose 3-1). Yes the B's lost 2 of these 3 games but they poured the offense on once in the hole.  Why?  The training wheels came off, the B's start pressuring and the defense starts moving up ice in these situations. The Bruins have offensively skilled forwards, probably more than they have had as a group in quite some time.  They are just on a leash most of the time and Claude only lets them off once games are almost out of reach. The Defense is not a great skating group but they aren't as terrible as some may think they are. Like the forwards they too are on a leash due to the system. And I think everyone would agree that the goal tending is more than solid. I'm not saying the Bruins should play with reckless abandon and try to outscore teams 7-5 every night like the Capitals.  You can win in the regular season that way but that type of system is a recipe for disaster int he playoffs.  However you can play an up tempo offensive game and still play solid defensively. Anyone ever heard of teams like the Chicago Blackhawks or the Detroit Red Wings? The Bruins like these teams have good if not great offensive talent, forwards that can play both ways on a high level, a sound if unspectacular defense and great goal tending (something recent Blackhawks and Red Wings teams really haven't had). The one thing that is preventing this team from taking the next step is Claude. Besides the system (which again is akin to playing not to lose) the team under his tenure has far too often played without inspiration and at times has even played without the one thing Bruins teams of the past have prided themselves on, heart. There is a reason that Claude was let go by the Devils even though they were winning there division at the time and a lock to make the playoffs.  That coaching change altered the state of mind of that Devils team and ultimately it lead to their winning the cup later that year. I'm not saying the Bruins will win the cup if the remove Claude, what I'm saying is I simply don't like their chances of winning it with him here.
    Posted by bobforte2002


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    Re: Time For The Bruins To Move On From Claude

    Claude is a playoff choke artist*

    *unless he is coaching against the Bruins because they will find a way to lose no matter what
     
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    Talk about a stupid thread. The on ice results fall on the player, not the coach.
    Posted by TheUsualSofty


    So why have coaches at all if they make no difference?
     
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    Trying to be as fair as possible, we can agree that Claude has recreated a better team than he inherited. His system has focused on defense first which they have learned. The problems we all seem to recognize is that nothing has grown from this. The players are driven into a "system" and there is no offensive 'system" The Pp is the most apparent perspective on this. Claude's defense is based on the 4 man PK plus one, which may be why the PK has been so good. His offense needs to focus on chemistry between the players on each line. Any " chemistry" is diluted unless all three players are actively participating. If one player takes a nite off, the "line" does not perform, just look at how in the last few games Horton has been less than he can be, Looch is still crashing; Bergie is still feeding, but no closure. Certainly Cam Ward's skills impacted the last game, but it is the COACH's job to identify any slack or problem and impart that info to the line when it comes to the bench. That is NOT happening. The COACH needs to get involved. If you watched the Carolina or Tampa or Philly,or New York, you see the coach very much involved. Claude's seting the stage and then just watching, does not produce wins.
     
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    Re: Time For The Bruins To Move On From Claude

    FIRE CLAUDE ALREADY!  Common now Cam, get control of this thing.
     
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