Canucks Season Preview Series: Can Coach Coach?

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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  • http://twitter.com/hipcheck44 Hockey Dude

    I’d say this season should be AV’s last to prove he can coach in the NHL.

    Yes, he’s changed his style from the boring defensive approach to a much more uptempo and offensive oriented game, but the fact remains he’s been out coached when it mattered the most – in the play-offs. Ironically Babcock was a defense only coach in Anaheim and made adjustments to his style. Without those changes he doesn’t become the coach he is (Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal winner).

    That being said, some of the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the players. If they don’t execute – no matter how great the system, it is doomed to fail. And he has had to deal with some major injuries the last couple of seasons and was forced to put players in situations they weren’t capable of or able to rise to.

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