From yesterday's Morning Skate:
Some have wondered if Blues coach Andy Murray’s style of coaching has led the team’s younger players to play a low-risk game. If they make a mistake, they fear he’ll come down hard on them, limiting their playing time, etc.
Murray today that he has done nothing to create that type of environment.
“That doesn’t come from (the coaching staff),” Murray said. “I spend all my time trying to dissolve that. How much has David Perron played this year? Should he be afraid about making a mistake? How much has T.J. Oshie played this year? How much has Patrik Berglund played? Do I keep playing them?
“If you’re afraid of making a mistake because you’re going to be benched, or the coach is going to yell at you, or scream at you . . . then there’s something maybe we can do about it. But ultimately, isn’t it the individual? You have to play the game. If you’re playing afraid to make a mistake, you can’t play the game. To me, to be honest with you, those are excuses. There shouldn’t be anybody on our team that’s playing afraid to make a mistake. If they are, then I don’t want them out there. I’ve heard that . . . that guys are afraid to make (a mistake) . . . we’ll that’s good, but tell me why they would be afraid. Is the coach benching them?”
Wasn't he benched for a few shifts because he made a mistake in the Vancouver game where he also had a franking hat trick?? Quit talking out of your ass, Murray!