Let's talk about Salvador!
Seriously i think I'll watch his little video blurbs to see what insight I glean.
I miss Scott Stevens something awful. I knew I would... but I hoped it'd work out. I dont miss his hits at all. There was so much more. It was the way he just saw everything. and he could forecast the play seamlessly to the other guys. You know - it's no wonder Rafalski loved Jeopardy. He loved remembering things and he knew how to read Stevens.
I dont know how to teach that. I'm trying to think about it. I have a zillion dopey acting exercises and trust crap -- but that's just not hockey. It's that unspoken communication. I can do it I can read it... I have no clue how to teach it. It's art. I'm sorry but it is. I think maybe I should watch old Lidstrom tape too... just to see how he hears and communicates - aside from being stand-alone perfect.
Stevens captured the team perfection - he wasn't a stand-alone guy. That's what I like. You dont need that on a team but the Devils organization thinks that way - parts of a whole and stuff - listening communicating trusting. They have a particular style of winning. When the style doesn't click -- blah... and as I suspected he doesn't have a handle on teaching that quite yet. He's pretty relentless so he will I have no doubt.
I can't guess what he's up to now. It's very possible that he's got a mixed hand - sometimes a little heavy but then he'll pull back because he's not sure - then maybe it gets confusing. Part of me says I want him to play a scrimmage with these guys so they get it in something closer to a gameline setting -- but --- Rafalski proved you can understand it completely and not recreate it. --- so how do you teach it? and I just KNOW Scott gets a huge part I dont about manipulating the skills a guy does have...
ok... so is this enough? Have I killed the thread or do I need to start sharing fantasies I have about Stevens as coach... my day dream about talking to him over a tavern table.. I WILL go there if you all don't let this stupid thread die...