Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Virtue of Patience

The Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon announced that Head Coach Michel Therrien has been fired and replaced with Dan Bylsma from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Owner Mario Lemieux apparently lost patience with the coach of the struggling Penguins and decided to pull the plug on his coaching tenure. Pittsburgh sits at 27-25-5 and 59 points and is struggling to get to the 8th playoff spot in the East.

It is rumored that Therrien had conflicts with several players and that the locker room was less than cohesive. It can be argued that with the talent the Pens put on the ice they have underachieved so far this season.

In the view of The View (?), this is illustrative of the value of the coaching staff for the Preds. I will contend that Head Coach Barry Trotz and his staff have provided an environment that is not only stable, but affords the talent we put on the ice an opportunity to succeed. Players know what to expect from the staff, which is invaluable in fostering good chemistry and the ability to concentrate on hockey and avoid the extraneous distractions that sometimes affect the performance of a team. I believe that this coaching staff is unparalleled in getting the most out of the talent that they have been given.

The coaching staff of the Preds has earned the patience and support of the fans and the front office.

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