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@Anthony Petrielli @Mattmark@Alec Brownscombe@happy_gilmourOkay, thanks. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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@Cloud09 @Mattmark@Anthony Petrielli@DJBrianBurkeP.S. Please see my reply to Alec, above.
@Alec Brownscombe @Mattmark@happy_gilmourYou're absolutely right, Alec. My apologies to everyone. I read carelessly and thought Anthony was soliciting questions for an interview with a Leafs rep (he's done that in the past).
Okay, if Anthony wasn't convinced I was nuts before, I've probably persuaded him by now. All the same, I hope he'll keep my question in mind for a future interview. He doesn't have to present it, or the reasoning behind it, as his own opinion... just a view expressed in the forum (and not by me alone). Who knows?... the response may surprise him.
@Cloud09 @Mattmark@Anthony Petrielli@DJBrianBurkeLOL! Apparently the point was clearly enough expressed... in the end you succeeded in grasping it. ;-)
The 'fluff' presented plausible reasons (for your benefit... not that you seem too grateful) why the question is worth asking. Notwithstanding the scoring exploits you pointed out in your previous post, Leafs still suck at puck possession, protecting leads, exiting the defensive zone and limiting shots--all areas in which upgrades in stickhandling and passing competence can logically be expected to have direct and positive impacts.
@Anthony Petrielli @Mattmark@DJBrianBurkeBut if you're only going to ask questions based on premises with which you personally agree, why go through the charade of soliciting ideas from the rest of us?
@Anthony Petrielli @Mattmark@DJBrianBurke What is there to misunderstand? Skill is something one develops with practice. Professional athletes whose livelihoods depend on their skills and who belong to teams customarily pursue this ongoing development under the tutelage of professional coaches. We have a skating coach; who is our puck skills coach? Our skating is far better than our puck handling... we can't even compete with the Bruins in that aspect of the game, never mind the Olympic teams we've been watching for the past two weeks.
@Anthony Petrielli @Mattmark@DJBrianBurke(?) I'm not suggesting otherwise. I don't understand what this observation has to do with the question.
@Anthony Petrielli @Mattmark@DJBrianBurkeYet skill in the end is what counts. It would be ludicrous to pretend that our gold medal winning hockey teams are in any better 'condition' than the athletes they just beat... that's clearly not the crucial ingredient that separates them from their opponents.
Why don't you simply ask the question and see what kind of response you get? After all, you solicited questions from the forum, and for all we can tell right now the importance of this one may coincide more closely with my opinion than your own.
@Alec Brownscombe @Mattmark@happy_gilmourI don't understand the relevance of this reply. It's the Leafs' rep he's interviewing who'll be fielding the questions. Why give him one it's certain in advance he won't answer?
Even if the rep knows which employees Leafs are unhappy with, and/or which ones they're considering trading, he's not going to tell Anthony.
@Anthony Petrielli @Mattmark@DJBrianBurkeP.S. How come I know about Roberts and Underhill but not about these 'tons' of puck skills coaches? Why would any of them object to having their expertise mentioned in a hockey forum or anywhere else when Roberts and Underhill don't?
@Anthony Petrielli @Mattmark@DJBrianBurkeAh, so it's not part of the regular routine. That's disappointing. I understood you to mean there were skills coaches on staff.
Bozak has definitely taken a step forward this year, so with him at any rate it seems to be working. The voluntary aspect seems a little ad hoc... I was hoping to hear about something mandatory. Good companies generally want all employees to upgrade their skills, especially in areas where they are clearly deficient compared with competitors.
@DJBrianBurke @Anthony Petrielli@MattmarkThey do practice, though, and what you can't routinely do in practice you aren't going to succeed in doing in a game.
@Anthony Petrielli @Mattmark@DJBrianBurkeSorry, I must have missed that. Can you name them for us? They certainly don't seem to get as much press attention as our skating coach.
Panic in our guys is understandable, this being a natural reaction when you lack confidence in your skills. For Leafs that confidence is, as yet, unearned and the players (not being stupid) know it.
@DJBrianBurke @MattmarkYes, that's what supposedly separates professionals from amateurs. A concert pianist gives a performance and goes home the same night and practises.
@happy_gilmour No-one representing an employer is going to touch a question that involves as its major premise the supposed expendability of an employee under contract to the organization.
@DJBrianBurke @MattmarkI don't think Anthony shares my opinion of our deficiencies in this area, but I hope he'll ask the question anyway.
@Gilbey93 @Jon5200...now that the NHL has decisively demonstrated its superiority over the KHL.
We all know Leafs have someone with whom they can work to upgrade their skating. Do they have anyone to help them with their stickhandling and passing skills? A few weeks ago our rookie phenom, Morgan Rielly, complained in a between-periods interview that "we're just whacking it around out there." It was as close as he's likely to come to expressing frustration with his teammates, and the coaching staff might be wise to note his evident dissatisfaction. The biggest difference between Team Canada and Leafs isn't skating... it's Leafs' ongoing bobbles, turnovers, spastic fights with the puck, and general inability to make life easier for themselves (and harder for opponents) with precision passes, crisp zone exits and high-speed moves while retaining pucks on their sticks.
We see plenty of evidence that all these things can be done, but not nearly enough of it from the boys in blue and white. Is anyone else in the organization (besides the rookie) concerned with the problem and working to address it? It's a young team which has shown encouraging signs of progress in other aspects of the game. It seems unrealistic, though, to hope for improvements in puck possession without upgrades in the stick skills on which puck possession depends.
@Marlies Man @DeclanKSilly boy. You misspelled stores.
@wiski @MattmarkBoooo! Five minute major for that one... ;-)
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