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TN • United States • 40 Years Old • Male

Is This Leadership?

Posted 11:24 AM ET | Comments 2
Trotz looked beaten, saying "We're going to have a mourning period for about an hour, and then we'll look forward to the next game."

What? Is this the kind of response you expect from the guy who is supposed to shape the way his team feels and reacts to a loss like this? I don't think so.

The Preds have not played well these past two games of the series and in doing so have played themselves to the brink of elimination. At what point can you blame the coach for that?

I feel like we have the best team (talent wise) we have ever had but for some reason we cannot get that to correlate to success on the ice. Is there a reason? The only one I can think of is coaching.

While Trotz has did a great job growing an nurturing this team from it's inception I think the talent has outgrown him and his staff. The Predators have not been able to adapt to the changes that the Sharks throw at them the way that they should. Not that I think every coach can adjust on the fly like Scotty Bowman but give me something.

Our power play has been shut down almost all year and yet we keep trying the same thing over and over. Does coach Peter Horacheck have anything else to draw up? Apparently not.

While this coaching staff has become a part of our 'Predator Family' and it would be painful to see them go I think that if the Preds lose this series that they need to be held accountable.

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April 19, 2007 2:35 PM ET | Delete
I think it's easy to blame the coach, but not always the right answer. Many times teams do not play up to their skill level. Some times a coaching change is the answer. Either the coach wasn't doing his job, or the team just needs a change because things have gotten stagnant. However, you can look all over the place and see examples of teams who have the talent to do so much better than they do. I think it's a fallacy to think of skill as something that is either used or not. Just because a coach has skilled players doesn't mean it's going to work. Players are human beings, and sometimes they don't act how they should.Unfortunately, that's just the way things go in sports. I agree Trotz's comments are suspect, but it's easy to get down on management, coaching, and the team when things aren't going well.
April 19, 2007 5:13 PM ET | Delete
I think he stole that line from Joel Quenneville. It could just be that they are playing a pretty good team.
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