Thursday, September 29, 2005

"Don't turn the other cheek."

This was a comment made by Bryan Murray in an interview on the pre-game show this evening. I found it particularly interesting.

He was asked what he expects from his team in pre-season games. He gave mostly stock answers. Work hard, compliment your linemates, play like it’s a regular season game, yada yada yada. And then that line. “Don’t turn the other cheek.”

If you ever wanted an example of how different the Bryan Murray coached Senators will be from the Jacques Martin regime, that quote about sums it up.

It really is a new era for this team.


At 9:48 PM, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

don't turn the other cheek?

So, what's different? You'll get completely random shit out his mouth that makes no sense?

At 10:49 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Jacques Martin very stressed turning the other cheek.

Martin belonged to the school of thought that says let them take dumb penalties and hurt 'em with your powerplay, not your fists. That's the best way to get revenge.

Murray does not.

This is not to say that he thinks they should run around and beat people up, because clearly, with this roster, that's not how they'll win games.

But he definitely looks like he'll keep a loose (or looser) grip on the reigns as far as dropping the gloves.

Players basically had to get Martin's permission to fight, and the guys who did so on their own (Andre Roy) found their way out of town.

At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Dominic Plouffe said...

Good point...

I was at the game last night. My first live game since last playoffs. I'm not sure if it is because of the rule changes or Murray, but the team was incredibly different. The game really reminded me of 80 hockey.

I'm guessing it was a combination of both. The interesting thing was that players were rushing to the net. This was my biggest pet peaves with Martin. His players never rushed the net.

Murray has limited playoff sucess (never went out of the 2nd round) which worries me a bit, but who am I to critisize.

This weekend games with Montreal will be interesting. Two teams with super speed....


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