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Video: What is the coach’s role with his players in Stanley Cup Final?

Jun 6, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

Veteran New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi was the subject of criticism following his Game 1 giveaway that led to the L.A. Kings overtime winner.

His teammates have defended him, however what occurred has prompted the question about what a coach’s role is in this situation – does Alain Vigneault himself sit down and talk with Girardi about the gaffe, or does that responsibility fall to others on the team?

  1. blomfeld - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:19 AM


    Leadership … often described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. For example, some understand a leader simply as somebody whom people follow, or as somebody who guides or directs others, while others define leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal” … Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. terrier92 - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Player knows he made a bad play. Coach simply says forget it play your game. He needs this kid to on top of game and confident the rest of the way. What do expect him to do pile on the criticism.

  3. 950003cups - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Positioning wasn’t an issue. Blown coverage wasn’t an issue. Neither was any sort of breakdown. What can the coach say? “Hey Dan, you suck! Why’d you pass it to the other team? Are you color blind?”
    Obviously the coach says nothing. Girardi simply fell and made a bad pass. You can’t coach that. Girardi will be fine.

    GO KINGS GO!!!

    • terrier92 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      Exactly. Good comment

  4. billiam55 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    i dont think u need to tell girardi what he did. he knows what he did. hes an experienced defenseman. mistakes happen. u move on and fix them by playing a better game.

  5. joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    You run the video of the play during a team meeting and use it as a teaching moment for the whole team. There were a lot of mistakes that led to the Girardi giving up the puck. Pouliot missed the puck and the man on the forecheck causing a 3 on 2. The 4 other Rangers turned up ice much too quickly leaving 3 Kings between Girardi and the rest of the Rangers on the ice leaving no possibility of Girardi making a pass to a teammate. Nothing else needs to be said to Girardi, but a lot has to be said to the team about that play.

  6. nybadger - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Two really good comments by cups and Joey. One more thing: I enjoy erasing Kings fans comments- calm, respectful and accurate so far.
    Come on, NYR, need this one tonight!!!

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