BCHabnut Posted January 8, 2012 Share Posted January 8, 2012 I think he has 10 games under his belt, so I thought I would chime in on what I have seen so far. 1. Shame on the local media for making this man's job even more dificult than it already is! A non French speaking coach is not ideal and I agree with this, but the same people that wanted Martin gone are now screaming about his replacement! Did they not look at the Francophone options out there and come to the same conclusion we did? There is no better French coach than Martin right now. Kudos to Cunney for remaining professional and weathering the storm, and may you enjoy your revenge when you beat Montreal with whatever team you coach next. Calgary maybe? I just don't see him staying on. 2. We all were very frustrated with Martin's bench management. Cunney seems to be doing a much better job of this. Running a short bench game in and game out is sure to fatigue players, and I sometimes wonder if this hasn't been a factor in the Habs injury woes. His use of Blunden and the fact that he roles 4 lines have been refreshing. Using Subban Gorges, Diaz Emelin while alternating Campoli, Kaberle, and Gill seems to be a good use of resources. I give Cunney top marks for his bench management. Even when they were losing. 3. As much as I have hated the odd man rushes and high percentage chances against Price, I must admit that the two man forecheck game has been a refreshing change. More stretch passes and better scoring chances at both ends have brought some excitement to this new look. The caveat here is that I really think there will be games where I crave the old boring one man deep, neutral zone trap and return with numbers and short passes. Martin's system was very effective. He just couldn't make changes when he needed to. There's a reason Halak and Price both had career years under Martin. I'm not sold on a Cunneyworth system yet, but I have enjoyed watching the higher risk game. I also think that a healthy Markov will help with all the stretch passes. 4. It just seems that the team is embracing tough play. It could just be me, but I think Cunney likes a no nonsense, hard hitting, finish your check style game. His use of Blunden And Emelin would be a testament to this, and the general tone of the game seems to point toward a harder nose game plan. I think White will get along fine here and I wouldn't be surprised to see an Ott, Neil, Thornton style player brought in to help this. My feeling is that PG did not do this, because he knew that Martin would not use him. Huge marks for team toughness since Cunney took over. This is my biggest criticism of Martin. 5. Communication on the bench and in press conferences seems very good. Cunney seems to show his hand a bit more to the media, which may or not be a good thing. His efforts to appease the French media may just win them over (something which iritates me a bit). On the bench he is vocal and seems to give a lot of himself during the game. This has been the biggest complaint of players who played for Carbo and Martin. They didn't really talk to the players. This is also a nice change. Lastly Cunneyworth seems like a really nice guy. I know this doesn't mean much, but I like him. His personality and the fact that he is a gen X could make it easier for him to relate to these quirky gen Y personalities. Less of a generation gap. Hopefully the players WANT to perform for him. Not HAVE to perform for him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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