Ovechkin frequently plays like a man possessed. It's true he doesn't backcheck, but he does forecheck, unlike Jagr, Bossy, Lafleur, Bure and other great scorers. Has their ever been a great goal scorer that forechecked like Ovechkin does and looked to initiate hits?
That's the kind of thing that teammates like about him. He's always looking to score or hit someone on every shift. That motivates the rest of his team. There's other ways to lead besides being great defensively.
The obnoxious thing about it is that it won't make Russian professional hockey more viable. It won't do anything he's hoping it will do. It will just make Russian hockey crappy because nobody who's playing it will give a damn. And anybody who gives a damn will turn their efforts toward activities that aren't subject to repression.
How do I know? Because it already happened with Russian sports. And industry. And art. And everything else. Forcing people to do something stifles motivation, creativity, passion, hard work, and effort. It NEVER increases them. Ask Slava, it's exactly how he felt in 1989.
Haven't you ever read "We" or "Brave New World"?
If I have to choose between free will and happiness, I choose happiness. I want to be mind controlled to be happy. I want to be plugged back into The Matrix, baby!
JK. Successful mind control like in those novels is not yet viable. We still have a long way to go.
Senator. But in Putin's Russia being the elected representative of the public is largely a ceremonial position. You're not really expected (or allowed) to do much.
Whereas here, people in DC actually get stuff done, right?
What does Babs have to lose? He has more or less said it himself, he likes a challenge and work with kids and direct them. The man has a cup and some other fancy hardware. He gets to call shots per say and run the ship to some degree.
This is why he left Detroit, Toronto is a challenge for him and that is what motivates him.... And the raise of course
Maybe he will win coach of the year, one thing he has not achieved
If he really wants a challenge, he would stay in Detroit to try to make this defense look decent.
I was joking about him trading for Giguere. But it's telling that Holland hired Babcock.
And I never claimed Babcock invented anything. But he took a team of mostly nobodies (seriously go look at that roster if you haven't) and swept the defending Cup champs (who still had a stacked roster), beat a good Stars team coached by Tippet, swept the "boring, trapping Wild," and took the boring, trapping Devils to 7 games. You can't do that with just a hot goaltender unless you're Hasek, and even he had a pretty good team.
Chalk it mostly up to Giguere if you want but you don't "fluke" your way to game 7 of the Finals.
Except Calgary did so in 2004 and Edmonton did so in 2006. Three consecutive seasons where it happened (unfortunately all at our expense. )
None of these teams had repeated successes in the following seasons. That was just a weird mini-era during that three or four year run. You can throw the 2002 Hurricanes in there as well.
There was never anything officially said from the two but I remember a lot of rumors coming out that year that the two just didnt get along. They were professional with each other but didnt like each other. Shanny leaving for the same money was a pretty good indication of how he felt.
Didn't Shanahan have to play on a line with Draper and Datsyuk in the playoffs that year? Classic Babcock, putting a 4th line plug on a higher line.