This post is an example of how difficult it is to find and maintain system focus and how easy it is for organisations,coaches and players to
mis-interpret where their focus and accountablity is catalysed from,the SYSTEM.
The problem for Magnus is that he did this during his short stint under Kruger--PLAYING A DIFFERENTLY INTERPRETED SYSTEM--- and played well, but as
soon as Renney came back--AND REINTERPRETED THE SYSTEM-- he was demoted and sent back down. I can remember Gregor posting in his blog that day and
discussing on the radio that Paajarvi looked totally lost as he had done exactly what they had asked him to and he was still punished by being sent
back to OKC.
Part of that was due to numbers - Tambi wasted too many contracts on older 3rd and 4th line players (including Smyth) - but a lot of it had to do with
Renney playing--A SYSTEM THAT FORCED HIM BY PROXY TO PLAY-- the vets. I still cannot figure out why he stuck with that after Christmas when it was
clear that they were bottom dwellers again. They should have auditioned the young guys earlier to see what holes could be filled internally for the
next season rather than via more UFAs.
Where is the system definition and accountability??
MPS is still completely capable of rocking the top 6. Many a players have had horrible sophmore slumps, I believe his was more coaching
---SYSTEM--related then anything. Renney couldn't manage his own tie---SYSTEM--- last season, it's not a shock to see a player have a fall off like he
did when you're relugated to playing ---IN A SYSTEM--with the Belangers of the team. The only way MPS is going to get to be more confident driving to
the net in the NHL is a coaching push----SYSTEM CHANGE-- with ice time. He has it in him, it's just do the Oilers have the coaching staff---SYSTEM---
to be able to properly harness his energy and get the most out of him. I think he will take great strides of improvement under Ralph---A NEW
Where is the system definition and accountability?
Both OPS wrote excellent posts that pretty much covered every possible dynamic influence ,except no one has even quantified the SYSTEM the team uses
or its VALUE or IMPORTANCE TO EVERYTHING DISCUSSED.
Its the coach,its the lack of ice-time,its the playing with Bellanger,its the vets geeting minutes,its the coach agai,its a sophmore slump,its lack of
a coaching push,its inability of entire staffs to harness potential------------ true as the sky is blue.
There is only one word that fits into all of these dynamics as a common SOLUTION,or a common ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS THEMSELVES,and that word is
The blame is smeared all around very effectively but the real cancer is absolutely skirted and intentionally ignored.
Because no one talks about SYSTEMS,NHL teams supress any discussion about SYSTEMS because SYSTEMS delegate FINITE RESPONSIBILITY.And if you have a
structure that defines FINITE RESPONSIBILITY then you cannot escape accountability and pass blame down the line very well.
Systems are dynamic concepts that arent the easiest concepts to incorporate into discussions in a tangible manner,so people avoid being or remaining
in that position.Its a natural reaction to stay in ones comfort zone,its why all players dont become coaches,not everyone is cut out for it.Magnus is
IMHO a core asset and given the right SYSTEM generated opportunity he will be a consistant contributor to team and SYSTEM sucess.Magnus has shown us
how his skillset contributes when he is asked to play for two coaches with two different SYSTEM interpretations,the same SYSTEM but two SYSTEM
perspectives which ask him to provide very different contributions in every way. The personell applications from a SYSTEM standpoint as viewed by each
coach are very different,so in Kruegers SYSTEM perspective Magnus was teamed with different personell than he was teamed with when he was coached by
Renny using his own different SYSTEM perspective and resulting personell decisions. The only way the Oilers as an organisation will sucessfully
harness Magnus and others vast talent and skillset is if they find-engage-and consistantly execute a SYSTEM perspective that will create coach
supported SYSTEM INDUCED opportunitys for them to contribute.No man is an Island and under no circumstances do I expect Magnus to be a martyr for a
past lack of organisational SYSTEM SUITABILITY AS PER EXISTING PERSONELL ,or the basic lack of SYSTEM CONTINUITY.
For that matter why should Renney,or Penner or Souray,or Krueger,or the scouts or Kevin Lowe or the stickboy or the training staff,or any individuals
be tagged with the accountability that should be attatched to a SYSTEM identity??Why should we require scapegoats and make excuses out of our
comrades??Because we have no definable ,superior consistant SYSTEM DEFINITION OR PRESENTATION to blame things on or to analyse to make repairs or
adjustments---so we cannibalise our great Dynastic organisation year after year ,eating ourselves up trying to find a solution to what ails us.
The only place we havent looked for a solution is right in front of our noses---we havent looked at the SYSTEM because no one has any clue whwhat
SYSTEM their own team even uses??
Go ahead hockey writeing pros,describe and define the Oilers SYSTEM that they execute??You would think that this is the easiest thing for a hockey
fan,writer,or analyst to do wouldnt you??Start digging my friends,its hard to find any committment or discussion about SYSTEMS of any kind coming from
the Oilers and as a result anyone else including writers.
Coaching changes,player changes tons of personell changes,equipment changes,transportation changes,fitness regime changes,the list is endless and each
item has a COMMONALITY,they are all DEFINABLE----so we are uprooting,ripping out,destroying,and replacing everything we can DEFINE and quantify that
is within our reach,right??
What monster is hiding under our bed here in Edmonton?What is scaring us so much we are eating ourselves alive,we once were champions,now we are mere
shadows and shells of that ,WHY?What have we missed in our scorched earth approach???We have covered everything definable so far so what could
possible be left??What core value organisationally have we overlooked either intentionally or unintentionall??SYSTEM--SYSTEM--SYSTEM--SYSTEM--.Now
lets solve the problem,its easy ,writers and hockey pros--define the Oilers SYSTEM so we can make sure it isnt the Monster we are hunting??Or coaches
define the SYSTEM you are using so we can rest assured it isnt the Monster we are hunting??
Only one thing has been guarded like the freaking Holy Chalice here in Edmonton,and that is SYSTEM IDENTITY AND DEFINITION.But who in their right
minds would cannabalise themselves or a DYNASTY to protect the identity and definition of a simple SYSTEM of play??Man they werent hiding it or
protecting the SYSTEM. I will tell you who would be forced to participate in and witness the dissection of a Dynasty,people who never initially had a
SYSTEM knowledgebase after MESSIER left and took the SYSTEM we were useing here to win many Cups with him in his HEAD.That measn EVERYONE who remained
here post Messier,because from that day on we have floundered without a definable and quantifiable SYSTEM of play.
There is no book on the SYSTEM we play here because some very strong and committed people tried to salvage as much of the Dynastys majic as they could
and they went all out to preserve the core values they were able to identify and quantify,the problem is that first Wayne then Mark were the keys to
the SYSTEM we used,they were the CATALYSTS,they and their heads were the SYSTEM BOOK for a Dynasty,no one questioned their sucess or its source while
the fires were burning hot,and when Messier left everyone was to vain to accept he was the SYSTEM itself,and they missed the boat,just like LA did by
letting Wayne run their SYSTEM through the regular season and then when the real chips were down the made SYSTEM adjustments that took Wayne out of
the equation,missed the boat they did.Mark won in NY because they trusted him to drive the bus ALL THE WAY HOME,they didnt kick him out of the drivers
seat as soon as they saw the driveway coming up.One player CAN catalyse a SPECIFIC type of SYSTEM.It has been documented right here repeatedly.
We have been trying to function for decades by superimposing many dimensions or core values of what we saw as the Dynasty SYSTEM--onto our chosen
flavor of the day SYSTEM BOOK,but with no sucess,because we havent recognised that it is a unique and special relationship between coaches and
catalysts and the rest of the team that allows this Dynasty type of SYSTEM to be operated by players sucessfully like Wayne and Mark both managed to
Its the only way we can explain Dynasty performance ,unless we attribute everything to Waynes and Marks statistical or physically manifested
contributions----thats not very realistic now is it??
The problem comes in when you try to replacethe BRAIN and BOOK of the system on the ice --with a simple physical asset skilled as it may be--when
these catalysts leave,you cant do it,they leave with all the party favors in their pockets.But they take their minds with them and if they are allowed
to be conductors they will still drive a sucessfull train anywhere they land--unless you harness their abilitys by shutting them out of system
management on every level,because they are CATALYSTS of a SYSTEM they own in their heads,they couldnt even write a book on it for you,its their
nature.They are natural leaders and visual thinkers.They can handle keeping the SYSTEM BOOK in their beanbags,they are very very rare,Wayne was born
Mark learned how to think visually on the ice.
Magnus has a lot to offer the Oilers and I hope we see him a lot very soon,he doesnt need to change anything,we just need a system that knows how to
use him and his skillset,its the coaches who have to weave the players into the SYSTEM that will create wins here,we dont have the ability or
privilage of an on-ice general to adjust on-the-fly because we dont have a SYSTEM that embraces that mentality yet.So we need a concrete SYSTEM
definition as per the COACHES SYSTEM INTERPRETATION to enable us to create a baseline from which we can asses analyse and predict Magnuses
past,current,and future dynamic contributions and suitability to the SYSTEM itself.
It seems like our coaches have all been sitting by the fireplace waiting for Santa to bring a superior SYSTEM and eating his cookies right beside us
all along.Arent they supposed to already have met Santa??
I wonder if Ralph has Reindeer tracks in his backyard because I sure hope he has a SYSTEM BOOK to refer to that we can ALL read along with---I know
thats like a christmas wish but I guess it is already almost October right??
We will have a championship here when we have a true and accountable leader who has no fear of disclosure or critique along with organisational
support in that mindset--TRUST BABY TRUST-- -- either on the ice or off the ice,we have a legion of men willing to take shots for this team,many are
quasi-leaders,but we need a CATALYST for everyone to rally around,it doesnt even matter at this low point where the sucker comes from,man,we need a
hero here.A SYSTEM is an ideal,men die for ideals every day they are powerful---thats why they are only handled by a head-coach,a SYSTEM
CATALYST[WayneG] is like a Flag that EveryMan can rally around at any given moment on the ice OR on the bench,a SYSTEM component is a non-catalyst
PLAYER who recognises the entire SYSTEM and is comfortable being a critical component and can handle the pressure which is the greatest from this
perspective,our strongest are always at the BOTTOM because they are our true strength and foundation.
And a SYSTEM JUNKIE is just like ME.Once you taste what a superior defined SYSTEM has cookin,you never go back to anything less,I have never won a
single thing in my life without the full support of a SYSTEM of one type or another.SYSTEM SYSTEM SYSTEM,Ahhhh that feels much better.
With NHL defencemen Maggie needs to just lean on them sooner as he starts to cut in,I guess that means he need to start to cut sooner to the net,and
initiate contact,with smaller d-men who are slower and less experienced maggie could just skate and wait for them to lean on him and them he REACTED
off their initial contact and used their tilted angle to his advantage,NHLers are ALL aware of this angleing tactic and will take it every time.
Its simple and he doesnt need to change his catalyst or original tactic,just double up the jab man,cut sooner,let them lean on you then absorb ,then
counter again when they are angled as he likes,the issue is that the first contact when he cuts in early will be a terminal decision by the d-man and
he will get blasted hard,so what,if he cuts early enough he will catch the d-man pulling up and have an advantage in speed velocity and power,AND if
he can absorb and continue the d-man is stranded,maybe he needs a new shot program off of his rushes??maybe he is trying to maintain a specific shot
selection coming out of his cut to the net,MMmmm,take a shot from the d-man hard and early-kinda pause the puck just before contact and drag the
sucker,regain your balance and push through for a chip shot,instead of a smooth flowing shot off the rush.Maybe.Or just feed the elbow to five or six
guys in the first ten games,take a suspension and go with it.Thats better than sitting on the bench,get established man.Its going to be tough to
define yourself as a skill soft touch man when you are surrounded by smaller fellows.Forget the Selke,and pick another identity there are tons to
choose from,ha ha ha,I do like the elbow solution though hypotheticlly that is.It seems in the big picture the most expedient way to stay in the
lineup.A skill guy always gets the chance to make up for bad penaltys,so no fear,just talk to the coaches and let them greenlight you when
appropriate,they will see the d-men who are pushing you hard and need the bow.Just let the coaching staff know you are willing and stay coachable,dont
step outside the system to do stuff like this,just ask,you might be surprised at the answer you get ,when it is appropriate via your coaches anything
can be called system induced,ha ha ha.Have fun when things get rolling Magnus.Thats what he needs to do more frequently.
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