i think it's really tough to argue that the devils didn't do what lemaire said.
From TG's blog after getting eliminated:
Lemaire said the coaching staff tried to make adjustments on the power play again before tonight’s game, but the again players did not execute.
“We had before the game a certain way to do when we get the puck at the blue line and we had quite a few power plays and we did it once,” Lemaire said. “At a time, I asked a player, ‘Why are we not doing it?’ and there was no answer.”
And I coulda swore there was at least one postgame presser where he made a comment along the lines of "I ask them to do one thing and they do something else." Can't find the quote though. Anyway, I know it's just hearsay, but that's about all we have to go on.
i think it's pretty easy to say that lemaire rubbed the players the wrong way. it's not just about personalities meshing - it's about lemaire undermining langenbrunner as captain.
If you're referring to wanting to give the C to White for the night Langenbrunner was scratched, then I disagree that he was undermining him as captain. Lemaire's been doing this for as long as he's been coaching and it's never been a problem before. From what I can tell, Langenbrunner undermined Lemaire as coach.
And it was Langenbrunner who brought up personalities meshing.
whether jamie should've thrown a fit about having the 'C' taken away - he probably shouldn't've. and i think had things on the team been going well, he wouldn't have. i don't think either party, langenbrunner or lemaire, is in the right here. certainly people should continue to work hard when their boss is a jerk, but in reality, most people don't do that.
I can't really disagree with too much of this. Still, though, if your productivity declines as much as Langenbrunner's did and you come out in the open and discuss it the way Langenbrunner did, I think you're getting fired. Or at least deserve to be.
And I'm not really trying to dismiss Lemaire here. The guy obviously did something wrong and lost the locker room. But he's gone, he's been dealt with. Neither party was right and so far only one has been dealt with.
also, what langenbrunner said in that interview is that he didn't feel like he was playing his best hockey. i think that's a very large difference between that and 'i dogged it and lost on purpose'.
There were a lot of things he said in that article that rubbed me the wrong way:
“There were a few things that happened, a few issues that were tough for me to let go. I probably didn’t handle them correctly. Not all personalities completely mesh, but they are able to work together."
“I was definitely part of it (the disappointment of this spring). I wasn’t playing the way I’m capable. What makes me play well wasn’t there. I wasn’t playing with the excitement I needed to be playing with.”
These are not things I want to hear my captain say.