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A Rip Job On A Rip Job

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

So how’s trashing the Avalanche working out for you, Jared Bednar?

Not to suggest he doesn’t have a clue, but Bednar might want to buy a vowel. Instead of throwing his team under the bus, maybe he should get his brain in gear, because Colorado could certainly use something that resembles a coach who knows how to respond to adversity under the pressure of the NHL playoffs.

Faced with the grim reality of being thoroughly embarrassed Sunday night in front of 18,081 screaming fans in the T-Mobile Center during a 5-1 loss to Vegas, the Avs coach might want to consider making a meaningful lineup change, replacing defenseman Patrik Nemeth with Bo Byram.

Hey, I’m nothing more than a knucklehead who has been along for every mile of those long, glorious rides the Avalanche took to championships in 1996 and 2001. But you don’t have to be Scotty Bowman to see Colorado cannot survive and advance against Vegas this way.

It’s now on Bednar to come up with a more novel approach than pointing a finger of blame at Nathan MacKinnon and the top line for getting flustered by the Golden Knights. During the last three games, the shots favor Vegas 119-63....

Maybe brow-beating your players worked as a motivational tactic in the locker room of an old hockey barn about 50 years ago. But this is real life in 2021, not “Miracle” the movie. You’re not being portrayed by Kurt Russell as a grizzly bear on the bench, Mr. Bednar.

So quit your growling. Stop complaining about “compete” level. And start coaching.

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TreKronor's avatar

So quit your growling. Stop complaining about “compete” level. And start coaching.

Okay, I’ll bite.  When you have a team loaded with talent who coasted through the regular season and finally faces some adversity, sometimes nothing helps more than just ripping them to shreds. 

The coaching may be there, but it’s on the players to compete at 100% effort.  Not the 70% or 80% they get by with during the season.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/07/21 at 09:33 AM ET


Mark Kiszla was an idiot 25 years ago, and still is.

Posted by wings8 on 06/07/21 at 09:44 AM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

Mark Kiszla was an idiot 25 years ago, and still is.

Oh. Oh yes he was and is. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to read the sobbing Denver writers, who come out of the woodwork only when the brittle Dive are in contention. 


Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 06/07/21 at 12:14 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Hey, I’m nothing more than a knucklehead…

-Mark Kiszla

Well, you still are, Mark.  If that’s all you’ll aspire to, well, keep on being a knucklehead.  Knucklehead.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/07/21 at 01:44 PM ET

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