Dallas Stars when healthy are always an offensive threat, many discuss their areas of concern evolving around without the puck, maybe we need to pay more attention to when they have it within their own end, including how they lose possession. Positioning seems to be their main point of negative, the support roles are not executed per coaching staff requests, puck protection starts before we have it. When they comprehend this and prepare to listen more attentively to staff the more support they will receive from their goaltenders! The save % and goals against will change dramatically!
Coaches often due to a lack of information or ego, will at times overlook suggestions or possibilities to problem solving, taking drastic dictatorship methods does not always provide the desired return.
Coaches should not have to meet with media every day or post game, this should be designated to another person while the head coach should make maybe weekly media appearance. Both would have more pertinent detail of information to provide. Even the Prime Minister or President have an official to deal with the majority of press conferences!
Coaches should not have to intervene with individual players when it comes to performance factors unless the message has not been understood. Player development person should not be involved in this aspect as his role is already with a full plate. Why there is not a “full time trouble shooter” who reports directly to the head coach & Gm, with only responsibility to sit down with player and suggest this is what the coach & staff expects of you, he/she also explains the modalities liaison of becoming a player when drafted or acquired within a trade, maybe works with the unhappy “want more minutes or responsibility’. No orders or threats, just suggestion. Remember the player may be more comfortable speaking with an unattached person whom they know has only one role, to help them as an individual, this makes it a positive! The staff should not have to deal with player intervention outside of the practice, game and/or video preparation. This is 2016.
Evander Kane, it is not exactly wrong what he exposed but yes always a but, his timing and choice of whom he said it to remain the major problem. When we talk with media we have to expect consequences according to the commentary of the reporter interviewing or listening to the comment, Kane should not try to distract from the comment, simply say yes I said it, prove my comments wrong!
Why is Mitch Marner more appropriate at this time instead of Matthews in Toronto? Marner is more skilled & detailed due to his preparation, he also understands play away from the puck especially within his own zone, Matthews although talented, is simply not as well schooled at this time. There remains still a distinct difference between Canadian star mentality approach & others.
Maple Leafs provided a tough outing for Connor McDavid, Edmonton super star player, NHL family profits from marketing and one of its greatest assets remain the super star players, the fallout comes more so from these star players than others, everyone benefits, therefore, responsibility to protect its assets primes and McDavid is one, the mauling, clutch & grab applied by Kadri versus McDavid reminded us of the Toronto Maple Leaf 1960’s play. Arguably Kadri could have received multiple penalties. Gilles Tremblay or Claude Provost followed a certain protocol back in the day, Kadri maybe could benefit from watching how those two covered the past stars. Some blamed the coach for his lack of intervention, we may disagree with that, why? The players saw what was transpiring, coach has a major responsibility during game action, get the appropriate players out at the right moment. Maybe he tried maybe he did not when it came to buying some time & space for McDavid. McDavid may have to call in a special fighting trainer to permit him to throw if he has to, we call it taking care of business when necessity calls! His role is to play hockey but sometimes have to send a message. Mario, Gretzky and others have complained about this before. There is an art to shadowing another player, “majority” of those who accomplished this task did so with a pride of keeping it within the rules & regulations, even though they would occasionally follow the super star to his bench as an escort. To think coaches actually lost their jobs when they allowed their star player to be mauled way back when! Think about it coach as it could become reality once again, history has a way of suddenly appearing when we least expect it.
The influx of more highly educated players brings along with it, added responsibility to coaching staffs, expression comprehension has become a must, social media combined with media instant possibilities to diffusion of happenings has made it more of an educated approach intent. What & how coaches say something does have an impact with far more depth than ever before.