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#1 Campy

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

"We're the team that blinks first when you have a stare down."

Sounds about right to me.

http://prohockeytalk...e-a-stare-down/

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

Hard to argue with that assessment. Just another euphemism for "no heart."

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Edited by K-9, 22 February 2013 - 08:49 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

Hopefully the new guy making such a blunt obervation right off the bat will wake them up.  

There is talent on the roster, but talent without effort means zilch.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:04 PM

Looks like any players who didn't like getting called-out by Ruff are in for a rude awakening.

Edited by biodork, 22 February 2013 - 06:04 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

View Postbiodork, on 22 February 2013 - 06:04 PM, said:

Looks like any players who didn't like getting called-out by Ruff are in for a rude awakening.

I think what he said is a bit different than calling a player out.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

View Postkishoph, on 22 February 2013 - 06:09 PM, said:

I think what he said is a bit different than calling a player out.

Agreed; it's definitely different to call out the team vs. a specific guy (which Ruff has done, and we'll see whether Rolston does).

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

I'm glad Ron already sees what most of us have been seeing for a while now. A team that just doesn't seem to be giving a complete effort.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:49 PM

Not new-thread-worthy.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

Wonder how long it will be before you hear "Regehr tell's Rolston to lighten up" HA

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:51 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 22 February 2013 - 06:49 PM, said:

Not new-thread-worthy.

Not new-post worthy.







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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:59 AM

View Postkishoph, on 22 February 2013 - 06:09 PM, said:



I think what he said is a bit different than calling a player out.

big difference...

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:17 AM

True, but if the players don't step it up, it may be just a question of time before he does.  

In the article he mentioned players resting during their shifts.  I wonder who he was referring to.  If I had to guess, I'd wager Stafford is on that list, but who else?

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:47 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 22 February 2013 - 06:49 PM, said:

Not new-thread-worthy.

Is anything?

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

View PostCampy, on 23 February 2013 - 08:17 AM, said:

True, but if the players don't step it up, it may be just a question of time before he does.  

In the article he mentioned players resting during their shifts.  I wonder who he was referring to.  If I had to guess, I'd wager Stafford is on that list, but who else?

He means they are floating around in the zone, not being active and hustling to a spot on the ice. Anyone who has played ironman hockey knwos exactly what I mean, maybe theres a better way to explain it??

I think Rolston is calling out the leadership group....  The coach is only part of the solution, players stepping it up is the other half and he isnt going to let that slide.

I've always said it's hard for us fans to know who are the true leaders in the room. Maybe we will find out, maybe someone new steps up.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:20 AM

View PostCampy, on 23 February 2013 - 08:17 AM, said:

True, but if the players don't step it up, it may be just a question of time before he does.  

In the article he mentioned players resting during their shifts.  I wonder who he was referring to.  If I had to guess, I'd wager Stafford is on that list, but who else?

I'd imagine everyone except Kaleta, Ott and maybe Gerbe

View PostPatty16, on 23 February 2013 - 09:16 AM, said:

He means they are floating around in the zone, not being active and hustling to a spot on the ice. Anyone who has played ironman hockey knwos exactly what I mean, maybe theres a better way to explain it??

I think Rolston is calling out the leadership group....  The coach is only part of the solution, players stepping it up is the other half and he isnt going to let that slide.

I've always said it's hard for us fans to know who are the true leaders in the room. Maybe we will find out, maybe someone new steps up.

I think he is calling out most of the players. The leadership group has little control over how hard players try - that is down to the individual. Personal responsibility exists. Not everything is the fault of the GM/coach/leadership

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:59 AM

I like it and I am looking forward to seeing how that translates into who plays where(PK, PP, Benched) and what minutes. I also don;t care for the Bohoo we are still in shock excuse w/Lindy's firing or the we need to adjust the new coaches style.

Coaching 101, you don't hustle, you don't listen, you don't play.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:15 AM

View PostR_dudly, on 23 February 2013 - 09:59 AM, said:

I like it and I am looking forward to seeing how that translates into who plays where(PK, PP, Benched) and what minutes. I also don;t care for the Bohoo we are still in shock excuse w/Lindy's firing or the we need to adjust the new coaches style.

Coaching 101, you don't hustle, you don't listen, you don't play.

This. I've seen coaches do this for years - sit the guys who aren't showing effort. In theory, that motivates the whole team. I've even seen coaches scratch a popular/star player because he wasn't putting forth a good effort. It sends a message.

If Rolston does this, he'll earn the respect of the players and fans.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

The "playing fast" comment is an interesting one and definitely astute.  When I saw the Black Hawks play in person earlier this year, what struck me was how every guy on the team knew exactly where to be and exactly where to go with the puck in all situations.  They moved the puck faster than the other team could react.  (of course, talent helps too)

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

View PostBuffalo Wings, on 23 February 2013 - 10:15 AM, said:

This. I've seen coaches do this for years - sit the guys who aren't showing effort. In theory, that motivates the whole team. I've even seen coaches scratch a popular/star player because he wasn't putting forth a good effort. It sends a message.

If Rolston does this, he'll earn the respect of the players and fans.

That's old school hockey to be sure, but you can't bench every player who isnt hustling, there's  a fine balance of course.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:21 PM

View PostThirtyEight, on 23 February 2013 - 09:20 AM, said:

I'd imagine everyone except Kaleta, Ott and maybe Gerbe



I think he is calling out most of the players. The leadership group has little control over how hard players try - that is down to the individual. Personal responsibility exists. Not everything is the fault of the GM/coach/leadership

It's called hockey character. You are either willing to make the sacrifices necessary to be the best player you can be or not; both on the ice and in the training room and film room in season and during the off season. In short, you have to be a professional. There isn't a coach or team captain alive that can infuse that into another player. You either have that desire or you don't. It' as obvious we don't have enough players that possess that trait each and every night.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:50 PM

no guts no glory.  soft, rich and very unprofessional.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

View PostK-9, on 23 February 2013 - 02:21 PM, said:

There isn't a coach or team captain alive that can infuse that into another player.

Good thing we fired that guy.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

View PostThread Killer, on 23 February 2013 - 08:47 AM, said:

Is anything?
Which players should be moved obviously.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

This doesn't strike me as blasting anything.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:05 PM

The coach should have your back. He might have made an enemy of his own team in the early stage. He shouldn't have said that to the press.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:13 PM

View Post716, on 23 February 2013 - 03:05 PM, said:

The coach should have your back. He might have made an enemy of his own team in the early stage. He shouldn't have said that to the press.

That cuts both ways. New coach comes in and serves notice. Anybody that has a problem with that and doesn't respond accordingly should be let go. And good riddance.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

Rolston is here to right the ship now. He doesn't have time for Darcy-like pussyfooting.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:37 PM

View Postsizzlemeister, on 23 February 2013 - 03:24 PM, said:

Rolston is here to right the ship now. He doesn't have time for Darcy-like pussyfooting.

Got that right. Not even Darcy has time for Darcy-like pussyfooting.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:20 PM

View Postkishoph, on 22 February 2013 - 06:09 PM, said:

I think what he said is a bit different than calling a player out.
It's worse. He's calling out the whole team.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

View Post716, on 23 February 2013 - 03:05 PM, said:

The coach should have your back. He might have made an enemy of his own team in the early stage. He shouldn't have said that to the press.

I agree, he should only be saying that in the locker room..........I don't think much of Captain Ron already.....First the garden gloves and right to ###### talking after one game.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

I'm fine with the statement - in fact it makes me think of a great quote by General Patton in the movie "Patton"  

"My sole purpose was to try to restore in him some sense of appreciation of his obligations as a man and as a soldier. 'If one could shame a coward,' I felt, 'one might help him to regain his self-respect.' This was on my mind."

And he didn't single out a player or players - it was directed to the entire organization.

Edited by Jsixspd, 23 February 2013 - 04:48 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

View Postnucci, on 23 February 2013 - 04:20 PM, said:

It's worse. He's calling out the whole team.
If a statement that innocuous (and obviously true) is enough to send the team into an existential meltdown, it's a lost cause and we have to pretty much clear out the whole roster.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

View PostDR HOLLIDAY, on 23 February 2013 - 04:31 PM, said:

I agree, he should only be saying that in the locker room..........I don't think much of Captain Ron already.....First the garden gloves and right to ###### talking after one game.

Well the players who have had him as coach are, and have been pretty vocal about his recent promotion.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

View PostDR HOLLIDAY, on 23 February 2013 - 04:31 PM, said:

I agree, he should only be saying that in the locker room..........I don't think much of Captain Ron already.....First the garden gloves and right to ###### talking after one game.

Why does the garden gloves both anyway? TBH I see them as more efficient, more coaches should use them. I have no problem with him being blunt about the players being lazy - he says it to their face. If millionaires aren't going to work for $50,000 a night then they should be called out

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

View PostRobviously, on 23 February 2013 - 04:51 PM, said:

If a statement that innocuous (and obviously true) is enough to send the team into an existential meltdown, it's a lost cause and we have to pretty much clear out the whole roster.
I agree.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:42 PM

View PostDR HOLLIDAY, on 23 February 2013 - 04:31 PM, said:



I agree, he should only be saying that in the locker room..........I don't think much of Captain Ron already.....First the garden gloves and right to ###### talking after one game.

This team has had enough enabling.  Blunt truth is appreciated.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

View PostBraedon, on 23 February 2013 - 05:42 PM, said:

This team has had enough enabling.  Blunt truth is appreciated.
This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

If these "men" cant take the fact that they are lazy get the hell out.  I don't want lazy cry babies on my team. There play has been unacceptable and someone needs to flat out tell them until it sinks in

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

what does garden gloves mean

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

He says it's just easier to pick up the marker and draw plays with out having to take his glove off.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:50 PM

View PostMeathead, on 23 February 2013 - 07:43 PM, said:

what does garden gloves mean

If you're dating an Italian woman....condoms.....