Re: Tuning out a coach
posted at 4/30/2013 8:57 AM EDT
This team has appeared emotionless for weeks; looking neither nasty nor like they are having any fun, robotic, tired.
In many ways, they are very much a manifestation of their Coach's imagination, they are made in Claude's likeness. It mostly works
I feel for them, hearing the same droning humourless and dry entreatments every other day since February 18th!
But now it is the Playoffs, when the Players take over. They either want it or they don't. In many ways it is their time to break away from the constraints a 'system' imposes on the spirit of a hockey player. The all know what this means. Claude decides ice-time, who goes out with whom, in which key situations. the closest thing to a set-play being an offensive zone face-off (for which he has the best in the game, Bergeron). But otherwise, the players take over, the leaders on the hockey side of the boards, take over. Games are won with creativity at top speed, reacting the right way more than the other guy. Series are won with political will
Cups are won by the guys most in touch with their inner 14 year old, by the team with the most kids at heart, by the team that loves the game the most.
Claude needs to remember to get out of the way more, open and close the bench door, let these guys remember how to love the game.