Shakin’ Heads: Calgary Flames, Their Coaching Staff, and a Lump Of Coal

December 19th, 2009 by M MacDonald Hall Leave a reply »
A picture can be worth a thousand words, and this one is becoming familiar.  The Calgary Flames coaching staff has been drilling their message of methodology to a captive audience—but is it a receptive audience?  Head coach Brent Sutter (centre) hides any latent exasperation as he directs his skaters following an error-filled effort.  Meanwhile, assistant Ryan McGill (right) looks ready to address the supporting cast, and cut out of frame, fellow assistant coach Dave Lowry (left) has his arm outstretched, demonstrating the play being described by Boss Brent.


Rather than the usual litany of statistics, references, and analysis, this article represents a pure, simple statement.

It echoes the comments of Calgary Flames coaching staff after incomplete efforts from the team, win or lose.  It betrays the silhouette of coach Brent Sutter and his staff, collectively shaking their heads as they watch solid foundations crumple unexpectedly on the ice before them.

Behind the bench and between the lines, Calgary’s coaching team are trying to get their message across.  It’s a sentiment which will change little, regardless of how impressive ...

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