At the end of the day, coaches are coaching for their jobs. This little factoid means that they play the players they feel will give them the best chance to win. Veterans such as bieksa and edler have proven to Av over years of service that they can get the job done. Some rookie who gives certain fans a hard on because he's their new shiny toy does not mean that Av will play them.
THIS IS THE NHL! when will some fans realize this? We're a rich team. If rookies dont produce, we sign players that will. If rookies come in and develop, and they play well, then yes, they will become a part of this team.
Tanev is young and was playing over our top Dman because he was reliable. Corrado had the same treatment tonight. He played well and was rewarded. Coaches in the NHL dont have time for nerves unless they're out of the playoffs (such as Forsberg in Nashville). I understand that some fans may not feel this way, but we are a top tier organization in the NHL and rookies need to earn their keep if they want to stay with the big club, and if they have trouble with that, they can go play with a lesser organization (like umberger in Columbus, Hodgson in Buffalo and grabner in New York). But please, chill out. Veterans that have proven they can get the job done for many years are given more room for error than some rookie who the coach hardly knows. Why is this so hard to understand for some people?
I agree with what you are saying about AV playing players who he thinks will give him the best chance to win but I'm questioning whether he is making the right choices.
I like Bieksa (Edler not as much) but when those 2 are constantly making mistakes and AV throws them out on the ice time after time, he really ISNT giving himself the best chance to win.
He is blinded by his own biasness and so are you.
When Edler got walked around yesterday, if that was Corrado, despite the awesome game he was having, his ass would be stapled to the bench after that (esp in the 3rd)
That kind of coaching hampers development and in a sense, AV let his bias in going with vets result in perhaps playing a vet (who thinks he has a better chance to win with) over a player that is actually playing better and giving the team a better chance to win.
Now if Corrado got dangled multiple times, I can understand him being benched but it seems like AV has a super short fuse for rookies which might actually be screwing himself over from icing the best team.
I'm not saying Corrado, Tanev, Kassian, Shroeder are saviors but I do have a sneaking suspicion that they are capable of playing better with better coaching and opportunities which would help the team perform even better than they are now.
For example, Ebett over Schroeder?
What does Ebett bring over Jordan besides age?
Jordan has better hockey sense, skills, speed, just as reliable defensively, and would make a line of Kassian and Weise much better than Ebett.
Edited by CanucksJay, 23 April 2013 - 07:57 AM.