Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/09/13 at 10:33 AM ET
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
I once asked (Scotty) Bowman about the impression he left on his players, and he said his one regret was: “I could never tell those players how good they were.”
Bowman knew his job was to push his players to be even better, which is why he was behind the bench for a record nine Stanley Cup winners....
It’s a good time to look at some of misconceptions about Subban:
Subban and Therrien are incompatible: This one gathered steam this week when Subban was used sparingly in the final minutes of what turned out to be a 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre. Three other defencemen finished with more ice time than Subban and Therrien glued Subban to the bench in the final minutes of regulation time. When you coupled this with what turned out to be Therrien’s very public criticism of Subban on an episode of 24CH, it was obvious the coach doesn’t like Subban.
The reality is that coaches yell at players, In the wake of this week’s hysteria over ice time, we have players recalling that Glen Sather yelled at Wayne Gretzky and Bowman yelled at everyone. The bottom line is that coaches do what it takes to win and Subban leads the team in even-strength and power-play minutes.
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