- He is too rigid in his ways and refuses to adapt to different situations... other coaches change what doesn't work and it's a lot easier for them if you know exactly what to expect from the opposing coach (AV + playoffs = no change).
- AV plays favorites too much and once he puts a thought in his head about a player, that's it for the player. If he likes you, you keep playing and if he doesn't than you don't get a chance (not talking about Ballard here) He ignores other options and keeps beating that horse 'till it's dead... I'll use Samuelsson as an example, we all know he was hurt during the playoffs and AV should have rested him for a game or two (or more) during the Nashville series because it wasn't that close.... we didn't need Samuelsson's experience against Nashville, but we DEFINITELY needed it against Boston. Other players could have come in to replace Samuelsson, he was close to awful playing injured anyways.
- He doesn't know how to motivate his players...if this was any other sport (NFL for example), a lot of emphasis is put on the coach to be able to motivate his players and AV continuously fails to do that. Don't leave it up to the players, walk in the room like Knute Rockne and give a speech like "win one for the Gipper", MOTIVATE the guys... the Bruins did it with the "concussion", we could have done it with Raymond... they tried something, granted, but it looked half-ass to me.
- In the playoffs, all teams in every sport understands that they shouldn't say or do something during interviews to motivate the opposition. We all know Lou has a 'slight' problem with interviews and AV should have isolated him from the press so that he wouldn't have a verbal fart again (not knocking his play, just the things he says).
- Let the players play and the coach...well, COACH. I still have no idea why he would listen to Lou and let him stick out the rest of the game after he let in the 4th, 5th, 6th...etc goals? How does losing by these HUGE numbers not bring negativity into the minds of the players or the goalie himself? In no way at all does this do anything to motivate them for the rest of the series. Plus, Scheids was in his home town for the playoffs with all his friends and family watching, like every keepers dream, let him play. I think that everyone here can agree that he deserves it.
AV is NOT the sole reason we lost the cup, but I think we might have had a different ending had there been another coach in his place. However, if MG was to fire AV this year... I can't think of anyone to replace him? I'm not a big fan of Mctavish either so who else could replace AV? I think if any changes take place, it will be after the playoffs... we win - AV stays. We lose - AV's gone. Isn't his contract up this year?
Edited by nuck luck, 13 October 2011 - 09:16 AM.