Option A: sign now and start burning ELC at beginning of 2019/2020 NHL season no matter what.
Option B: go back to BU and sign at end of next season and hope they put you on NHL roster to start ELC year which rarely happens.
Option C: go back to BU and sign and start burning ELC at beginning of 2020/2021 NHL season no matter what.
Very rare for an NHL to burn an ELC year for 10 or so games unless they player is an absolute stud ala McAvoy/Eichel where the player can help the NHL team immediately. They chose Option A which I get since they probably werent offered Option B.
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See I donít totally agree with that it isnít always that each player wanted to get paid as fast as possible of course they all want to get paid but want the best situation where they get to develop and get a chance to play and quickest path to the NHL no one wants to sign to languish in the AHL or worse when maybe staying in school would be a better choice development wise and quality of life wise ... now if you feel that not to be the case then it changes the calculus which I think is what some people are saying and asking about what those reasons may be
Albie certainlly has a rough road ahead and it will be interesting to see how much rope he has. Next year looks like a total rebuild year and thats not going to go over well. I think administration has to give him a few years to instill his stamp on the program but its going to be rough waters until BU comes out of this downturn. Only thing that is a positive is I think Umass comes back to pack with Makar leaving, PC will be good, Umass Lowell/UNH/UMaine/UConn/Merrimack/VT arent good either so Hockey East is pretty crappy. BC has a great recruiting class coming in but for how long and how long do they stay for? BU can still be decent in this conference.
Last edited by Lemonade; 03-25-2019 at 01:40 PM.
1) the fact that there didn't seem to be much improvement throughout the course of the year
2) he was never able to get them to jell and play completely as a team (and I say "he" because that IS the head coach's job - to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts
Now, of course, and this is the wild card, it's tough to measure when you have players whose heads are dreaming about $$$. And that's the dilemma with the present setup. As was previously mentioned, in general today, people have shorter attention spans and demand immediate gratification. Few want to put in the work to get to the point where they will earn their spots. They instead are somewhat delusional about how good they are. But is this totally their fault? No. When you are told from the time you are 10 years old how great you are, this is what happens. You get entitled people who are looking to short-cut the process. Which is exactly why you need continuity and leadership to keep them focused on today, not where they will be playing next year. But it's getting more and more difficult in today's society to do this, because we see examples of the same thing all around us. This is exactly why you get a team that loses to Merrimack, Quinnipiac (a game they should have won), Union and UConn. Yes, top end talent plays "better" when they're challenged and motivated. The trick is to keep them that way when the games don't mean as much. That's why, as much as you say people like Calipari and Coach K get the "best players," they still have the knack of getting them to give a great effort most nights. Which brings us full circle back to the skill set. There's usually a reason why an assistant never advances. And why the great ones typically rose to the top early in their careers. Again, not an indictment of Albie. Only 1% of coaches are in that category, so it's not fair to say he "failed" if he's not in that 1%. The better response would probably be that perhaps they should have hired someone else to begin with. Time will tell, but if he doesn't succeed, it's more likely that he just doesn't have that skill. Which is nothing to be ashamed of. Extracting potential from someone is a very difficult task. Most people can't do it.
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