from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
The glaring spotlight shining upon them is a fact of life for players on the Detroit Red Wings. It’s part of what you sign up for when signing a contract to be playing a professional sport.
However, there’s one place where they’d rather not be appearing on the big screen. That’s behind the closed doors of a team meeting, as what went wrong from the previous game is broken down via video by the coaching staff in front of their peers. At that point, there’s nowhere to hide....
Over the years, Lalonde was learning a trait that’s helping out in this manner. That’s having an assistant coach taking the player aside for a one-on-one video session prior to the team meeting. This can soften the blow. They aren’t being caught by surprise during the group session.
“If I’m going to have a really hard conversation, if some of our players are going to show up in the team video in a hard way, sometimes that’s a good heads-up for the assistant,” Lalonde explaned. “Now it’s a one-on-one meeting, some video – don’t be surprised if you see this in the video, take it constructively, the right way.
“That’s all part of managing.”