Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/04/05 at 03:16 AM ET
Many point to coach Eddie Olczyk as the main reason for the team's 7-14-6 start. That is too simplistic. That is settling for the lowest common denominator. It's not the coach. It's the culture, which produced the coach and has failed to support him. The culture - long ago fashioned by Mario Lemieux and Craig Patrick -- values individuality and creativity and an extremely loose locker-room atmosphere. It assumes players' professionalism. It undervalues structure, discipline and attention to detail. Lemieux is the captain. He also is the CEO, which means he controls the corporate climate. Does anyone have the nerve to tell him when it's time to turn up the heat on the GM?more
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