my only concern is that he'll be too nice. Patty let some toughness show last season so ...
I always get the feeling Stevens when he was in a groove - say on ice or just a hockey groove - I kind of get the feeling he says stuff by accident. I kind of think he actually might have that fast thinking mind when it comes to hockey in any event and maybe out of force of habit dealing with brothers and stuff --- I just wonder if he didn't say some fast true comments that are pretty hurtful and may have seemed uncalled for... he just seems like he passes fast harsh judgements - that bite, you know - that have teeth.
Because he throws them away - Like if a chubby person grabbed a candy he'd blurt out "That's why you're such a fatass" and kind have a non-malicious air maybe even deliver it with a friendly chuckle - and be kind of going so fast that you didn't even get to react and call him a fvcker because it just hit you out of the blue - and if you react too late you look like an idiot. I mean -- I may be wrong.
but what I AM saying -- is that those little truths -- that make you hate the messenger.... they're kind of valuable. And you sort of need to hear them. NOT from a pot-stirring Holik who slowly says it and already has his defence ready... but from a nice smart guy you respect and means nothing by it -- he's just has this thoughtless arrogant a$$hole way of blurting out what he sees. It's a verbal open ice hit and the deliverer doesn't know better -- he thinks it's part of the game.
I know it's a flaw but if it's true it accomplished something really valuable that no one can replicate. It doesn't get you any Norris trophy
but a good captain needs to find a way to say that stuff. Even if it's not true - it's out there floating and needs to be addressed in a productive way now. Prove a$$hole wrong if it's not true, you know? Because you know that quite confidence that he's 100% right is just all the more infuriating.
the truth of the matter really is that I'm that way. I can't tell you how many things I've done or said. I mean you all see it here. and I never want to take it back because it's true -- but it's out of line...
but in a team situation,
Phaa never mind I guess --
I just don't want bullsh!t diplomacy or unfocussed righteousness that Langenbrunner had going on -- everyone may have been happy but it was not effective leadership.
Edited by Pepperkorn, 06 October 2011 - 09:55 AM.