Smart move by AV. I'm going to guess it's not just the game that troubles him, but maybe practice/camp in general. In earlier quotes, he said Boston was playing its system whereas our guys were thinking their system. They clearly need more time/work. Hard to install a system when there are 50 guys in camp. Pare it down and work with the veterans and the few players that have a chance at an open spot.
I'll stick with my comments from a few months back--it might be Black Friday before we get a handle on this squad's potential. There are a lot of moving parts--new system, coach, players...etc. That said, AV wants to get some cohesion in the works sooner than later. That makes a lot of sense.
Makes me feel good about Vigneault, but kinda crappy about everything else.
It's still difficult for me to imagine what a team is expected to be able to execute of a new system when they start preseason games 2 or 3 days after camp opens, but I guess Vigneault's been through it before.
I like how unsubtle he is about it though. I think some of this needs to be called out.
Last line of the article is the best -- “They don’t have a choice,” Vigneault said. “That’s just the way it is.” Good for him. Take charge, establish your authority, and do what you need to do to win. Somebody needs to get a firm grip on these guys and light a fire. It's been a somewhat lackadaisical preseason so far.