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Finally A Coach For Spezza

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

It has taken nearly a decade, but the Ottawa Senators have finally found the right coach for their star centre. But that’s not to say that the relationship between Spezza and MacLean is always rosy. In fact, both of them told me that they have passionate - and sometimes heated - debates about how the game should be played behind closed doors.

“Paul has helped out my game a lot. There’s dialogue between us,” says Spezza. “It’s not just him talking to me or me talking to him. We really hash things out and sometimes it gets heated and sometimes it doesn’t. But it’s all part of the emotion of the game and that’s what’s great. He’s an emotional guy and I’m an emotional guy.”

“We’ve had some good conversations between the two of us,” adds MacLean. “How do I like to play and how does he like to play? And we’ve tried to marry some of the things about how I want to play and he wants to play. Now some of the things I like to do, he doesn’t like. And some of the things he wants to do, I don’t like. But through communication and time, we’re able to accept a little bit of this and a little bit of that and come up with the player we have today.”

If you go back and pick out some key words from their quotes, you realize that Spezza and MacLean are forging a true relationship in Ottawa.

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I like Spezza but he hasn’t exactly earned the right to dictate anything to his coach.  At this point in his career, if he wants to win a cup, he better just be in listening mode.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/31/12 at 02:22 PM ET

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Is that really what you got from this article?  That’s it’s Spezza dictating things to the coach?  It specifically says that there is dialogue between the two.  That means that he is not simply dictating things to the coach.

Posted by Garth on 01/31/12 at 02:50 PM ET

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That means that he is not simply dictating things to the coach.

yea, poor choice of words.  There should be no heated arguments between the two of them about how to play.  He needs to just go with it.  The senators had issues with heatley not argreeing with Clouston.  It always seems like the star players there in Ottawa don’t allow the coach to coach and just play.

When Dan B came into Pittsburgh you didnt see veterans like Recchi telling Dan how he felt the game should be played.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/31/12 at 03:03 PM ET

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The coach very well might have asked the veterans and solicited their opinions, though. A coach isn’t a dictator. If a player has a well-reasoned rationale for playing a certain way, he should be listened to by the coach, because he might be right. Just because a man is the coach doesn’t mean he knows everything.

I think it’s smart on both their parts. Spezza may not have won a Cup yet, but it isn’t as though his new coach has a vast amount of experience as a head coach, either. By bouncing ideas off each other they can both improve.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/31/12 at 09:30 PM ET

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