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 Re: Winds of Change [message #707026 is a reply to message #707023 ]
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mightyreasoner wrote on Thu, 11 January 2018 15:52


Slepyshev actually has played more for McLellan than any Russian other than Nabokov. Like I mentioned in the other thread, it isn't so much him letting these players go (most are borderline NHLers), it's that the only one he has ever brought in was Slepyshev (and I guess Tarasov). To me, that seems odd. Is that a normal amount for a coach with a decade of head coaching experience? I don't want to make too big a deal of it (and I probably am). I certainly am not saying with certainty anything about McLellan, because how could I? I don't know him. But when I see Caggiula get a push over Slepyshev when so little separates them, when I see Purcell getting the push over Yakupov, when I see how few Russian players McLellan has brought into the NHL or how no Russian NHL veteran player has ever joined a McLellan coached team, when I see how he rarely has any Russians on his team after his first year or two... I just wish there was an example to extinguish my doubts.


If you wanted more ammunition on this, the whole "Puljujarvi doesn't speak good enough English to be on the PP" suggests some level of bias. I know that Pavel Bure did not come over perfectly fluent, and yet somehow the Canucks saw fit to put him on the ice with the man advantage. I had a Gretzky video growing up where one of our favourite lines was "The Canadian and the Finn could barely understand each other, on the ice, they spoke pure offence." Somehow Kurri got PP time too. (I've added the video below, because you should really watch it when you have the time! Gretzky to Kurri section starts at 14:45).

Has there been any Europeans who have got a strong push under McLellan - most of his stars in San Jose were Canadian and American. Wasn't Hertl in and out of the doghouse? I guess the two Swedes on defence here, but as Spector always likes to point out, they speak almost flawless English...




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