Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:39 PM
Newsflash: stability in the locker room benefits on-ice play---this is an indisputable fact---whereas instability in the locker room negatively influences performance. I don't think you're qualified to speak to the degree of trouble necessary to cause problems; the simple reality is that less will always be better.
I agree that being a leader in the locker room does not translate to being valuable on the ice, but that is irrelevant to the point at hand.
Indisputable fact? You have scientific studies with, y'know, graphs and everything?
And if I'm not qualified to speak, I guess you aren't either? What I do know - from personal experience - is that when you've got a good team of people, who are good at their jobs, and want to do well, they can also be difficult people. Strong characters, opinionated, argumentative, think they're right and everyone else is wrong. But you know what? I'm willing to put up with it because they're good at their job and they want it done right. So I disagree that less is always better.
Claude Lemiuex was a POS who once ripped a team-mate to bits in front of the rest of the team so hard that he caused him to burst into tears. That team-mate never played for the Avs again, whilst Lemiuex won 4 cups. Nice guys don't always win. It's better if winners are nice, but they're often not.
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk