Saturday, March 07, 2009
Let me start this post by saying that I firmly believe Jacques Lemaire is a great hockey coach. His teaching methods are unparalled in the game and his passion for coaching cannot be questionned. That said, I think his time is over.
As I stated last summer, the Wild would be better off with a different coach. Lemaire's voice has lost its appeal to the team; I get the impression that some of the players these days are tuning him out and growing increasingly tired of his message. Word has gotten out around the league that he his a coach that holds his player's offensive abilities back. No big name free agents want to come here. Gaborik is leaving. It's time for a change.
None of the players would openly criticize their coach, but I bet they'll be relieved once he retires, ala the Wicked Witch of the West. Her monkey soldiers supported her through years of a staunch, strong regime, but even that grew tiresome to them. Once Dorothy had killed the Witch, the flying monkeys were ecstacic and went on to live a life free from her relentless controls. Lemaire is that witch and the Wild have become his flying monkeys. It's time for DR to melt Coach Lemaire and free the players from his defensive trappings. Yes, pun intended.