1. He didn't want to be over coached, with everyone telling him what to do.
2. He also said the Wings were trying to make him a goal scorer, when he feels he is a play maker.
3. He didn't want to play system hockey.
4. So, his attitude was not in a place to play for the Wings.
5. With the Wings, you have to buy into the system. You have to be responsible in both ends of the ice. Plus, you have to be willing to be flexible and play different roles.
6. Some guys play well on some teams and not on others.
1. Where did he say that exactly? I read an article about that, but then I saw the video interview and the interviewer had twisted his words - like they many times do.
2. That's another thing that was twisted to the paper. He didn't say like that. He said that guys like Pavs, Z etc. are more skilled and want to have the puck a lot, while at the same time it's how he plays as well. That's what he said. Hartnell goes to the net, Briere shoots and Leino makes the plays.
Another example how some interviewers just take some parts to the actual paper to make things look totally different than they really are. Then there are these fans who read these stories and think every word said in them is true.
3. How do you come up with all this s***? "Didn't want to play system hockey." LOL. You think he isn't playing system hockey now? There's a fine line between system hockey and over coaching a rookie.
4. Attitude (according to LGW's fans) = a couple quotes taken from mlive's articles.
5. Yeah, and obviously you don't have to buy into the system in Philly then. It's not about the system, don't you understand? If you think every guy in the current Wings roster are flexible playing in any role you're completely mistaken. We can try Helm on the 1st line center or on the PP in playmaking role. If you think Leino doesn't back check or play defense now in Philly you're also completely mistaken.
Every team has role for their guys. You don't put Helm on the PP and you don't put Leino on the PK. It's impossible in today's league (with the cap) to have a team where every guy is both good defensively and offensively. You pay for both. Like I said, Holland knew very well - before he signed Leino - what he was going to get. Obviously he didn't think he was going to bust like that, but he knew there was a big risk for it and he took it.
6. True. And that many times has little to do with the system. It's much more about getting a fresh start and getting confidence back. Ask Dan Cleary.
Edited by Finnish Wing, 06 June 2010 - 07:17 AM.