Losing The Room

Jonathan Willis
December 21 2010 07:44PM

I’ve noticed a funny thing about teams with problems: pretty much every time, there’s a rather large outcry from a certain segment of the fanbase that the head coach has lost the room, can’t motivate his players, is too critical, is too soft, or something else of that nature.

Ron Wilson is not an exception.

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Steve Lansky
December 20 2010 09:27PM

To borrow from the sport of rowing, Ron Wilson is a coxswain. That’s all he is. That’s all any NHL coach is. They are in command of the boat. They make tactical decisions. They provide feedback to the crew. They encourage and motivate. Coaches are simply coxswains. Nothing more and nothing less. And Ron Wilson is not doing the job he is being paid to do. To mix several maritime references, Wilson is Captain Edward Smith and his boat is going right over the falls.

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Game #33 Scoring Chances: ATL @ TOR, Dec. 20/10 (6-3 Loss)

Slava Duris
December 20 2010 08:26PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20489

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Stopping The Spin

Pension Plan Puppets
December 20 2010 01:48PM

Is this J. Jonah Jameson?

For the uninitiated, the man in the picture is Damien Cox of the Toronto Star. He does a weekly mailbag where he answers his most obsequious readers' questions. We don't have enough readers here to run our own mailbag so we'll borrow Cox's questions. I'm sure he won't mind. He'll be glad to know that I don't bother reading his answers to these questions. If you're interested, you can read his answers here. Mine are over the jump.

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Jason Gregor
December 20 2010 10:58AM

Do you remember the wickedly awesome video game for Intellivision, Slap Shot: Super Pro Hockey? If not, the pic above illustrates the kick-ass graphics, and the advanced thinking of why the NHL should go to a 3-on-3 format before the shootout.

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