5 NHL Coaches Who Have Lost Touch with Their Teams

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5 NHL Coaches Who Have Lost Touch with Their Teams
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Tampa Bay's Guy Boucher is having a difficult time reaching his players.

There is always pressure on NHL coaches to get their teams to play cohesive hockey.

When offense, defense and goaltending meld in an effective manner, teams find a way to string wins together and build confidence.

However, talent is not enough to turn teams into a solid, functioning unit on the ice. The margin of error is thin, and a head coach must provide an effective working game plan and motivation to turn his team into a winner.

If he can't do this consistently, he risks losing contact with his players, and the result is that the head coach gets tuned out.

In some cases, a losing team is merely in a slump, and the coach's message is heard loud and clear. Such was the case earlier in the year with Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers. After a rough start, his team has won five of its last seven.

Here's a look at five coaches who appear to have lost touch with their team.

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