CSN’s Joe Haggerty had a quote from Claude Julien following Monday’s embarrassing performance to the New York Rangers.
“You have to go in there and [take care of things]. I know there have been times in the past when [the players] had their dressing room under control,” said Julien, who rightfully believes the B’s locker room isn’t under control this season. “Right now you have to coach; you have to be a cheerleader; you’ve got to wake them up. You’ve got to do too many things as a coach that you shouldn’t have to do at this level.
“These are professionals. They have to take ownership of their dressing room at some point.”
The quote is basically calling out the leadership on this team. To me Chara’s on ice play does not seem to be on the same level as the previous two seasons. He’s lacking that edge and intensity that made him so difficult to play against, which makes me believe he must be battling an injury. However, his on ice performances should not carry over to his leadership off the ice. Additionally, while blame needs to be put on the players for not playing consistently on a daily basis, the coaching staff deserves a lot of blame as well. The system itself, which does have a great defensive structure, seriously lacks creativity and any type of offensive game plan. If Julien wants to call out his players he should be calling out himself and his staff for being complacent with the third worst goal total in the league.