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Back in the old days of hockey, a coach held power and control over his players like a king controlling his kingdom. The players, no matter how big the star, were simply pawns who didn't need to be treated with respect.
It's not that way anymore, not in today's NHL. If you want to get the most out of your talent, and have the players tow the line, you better communicate with them and treat them like men.
If a player is not in the line up or not getting the ice time he feels he deserves, tell him why and what is needed to get it back on track and he will appreciate the feedback. If you keep him in the dark and just let him sit and stew, the mind game could ruin that player and prevent him from performing to his potential for the remainder of the year.
Carlyle uses the straight up approach, and it leads to respect for the coach whether you agree with his call or not.
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