That group ousting Lemaire pretty much cinched the locker room issues.That's why I gave Julien a fair look when he went to Boston. It's not his fault -- he's an ineffectual Pat Burns. and he's getting worse down that path IMO. He's not aware of himself. He knows hockey and he's got the correct vision -- it's HIM. Him personally that is just off in his communication, his view of himself. He's not aware of how he comes off so to me -- he seems a little almost erratic and therefore almost weakly transparent. As coach you need someone who knows himself. You can know the GAME and that's really important, it is priority number one. But thereafter you have to know yourself so you can then know your players. REALLY know your players. He still doesn't get that -- he just can't with the way he behaves. You know -- I feel like he could fix it but he might just be one of those guys.
You guys just don't put thought into this area. Sometimes you can't work with certain things. Other people maybe they can -- but for this organization just no way. Absolutely Lou made no mistake and it's no big mystery. I don't expect fans to really deeply empathize and intuit - its a hassle and it's very subjective and yet - I click with the organization and I see things -- maybe justify others but that's what's required. It's a different dimension to the game. To me keeping Bryce Salvatore is like keeping Julien. I prefer dumping close but no cigar to the curb. It's sloppy to me -- it's extraneous. But maybe what Lou learned was better to have extraneous mental stuff with players rather than coaches.
DeBoer.... sometimes he's a little low key for me. I also can tell we fans dont see a lot of things - or we can't sense what brews underneath. but he's very honest while being rather distant and uninformative to the press. He's lawyerly -- it's a fine line he treads. He coudl easily get himself to a place where the team second guesses him wrongly. they may build resentment because he just might be low key manipulating. It's that sense that there is something he's not telling -- it might breed bad second guessing and distrust. BUT --- if he takes action in timely enough fashion you dont have time to go to far down a second guessing road. You're on your toes and paying attention - but the picture isn't full enough to risk guessing intent -- and it's just full enough to NOT take you down the wrong road. I worry he doesn't quite paint enough of the picture to get as rapid forward momentum as is possible with the team.
and no one cares so anyhow -- I'd say sure I'm polishing a turd when I say I dont like Julien -- but he KEEPS doing it, even in Boston. I find him just If lou did too -- well then he's not going to work -- i dont give a sh!t how many times his name gets on the Cup with Boston - he doesn't belong with the Devils.
Edited by Pepperkorn, 10 June 2013 - 11:15 AM.