Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

Four Questions on Peter Laviolette

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Randy Carlyle is still twisting in the wind as the Maple Leafs‘ head coach despite some damning quotes from the new boss.

 

For now, let’s look into another available head coach candidate, former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette (fired after his team’s 0-3 start earlier in the season), with Eric T. of Broad Street Hockey.

How would you describe Peter Laviolette’s systems?

Eric T: Peter Laviolette generally seems to prefer an up-tempo, aggressive game. But he’s not dogmatic about it; he mixed in some fairly passive neutral zone trap during his time in Philadephia, especially in his first two years. One thing that I do think was a constant in Philadelphia was that there were always stretch pass options on organized breakouts and the puck-moving defensemen were pretty aggressive about looking for them.

How have Peter Laviolette’s teams traditionally fared in even-strength possession?

ET: Their puck possession numbers have been pretty good, for the most part. His teams in Carolina were in the ~5th to 7th range, and in Philadelphia they were ~10th to 12th until the defense caved in in ’12-13. Looking back at those Philly teams, I do wonder if they shouldn’t have been even better. They had some real high-end talent (Richards, Carter, Giroux, Pronger, Timonen) and very solid pieces around them (JvR, Hartnell, Briere, Carle, Coburn); it’s a lineup that in retrospect seems like it should’ve been better than a ~51% Fenwick close.

Given the Leafs strengths/weaknesses and Peter Laviolette’s history, he seems like like he could maximize what the Leafs have here offensively but might not be the best candidate to help this team figure out defence. Do you agree?

ET: I’d actually be fairly optimistic about what he could do with their defense. Like I mentioned, Peter Laviolette has been really aggressive about having his defensemen look for stretch passes to create quick offense, and I think the Leafs have plenty of defensemen with the puck skill to pull that off — and some forwards with the speed to capitalize.

Peter Laviolette got the Canes and Flyers to the Cup Finals (winning with the Canes) in his first (full) seasons with those teams. What do you think it is about his message that makes this guy so effective when he first arrives (also got NYI into the playoffs)?

ET: I hate to speculate about someone’s motivational skills or message getting through; I think it’s awfully tough for us to know as fans what the coach is saying or how it’s working. But it’s worth noting that the Flyers were 28-24-5 under Peter Laviolette in the regular season that first year, a record that was actually slightly worse than under John Stevens. They had to win a game 82 shootout to make the playoffs, and only then did they get hot. Similarly, his 20-22-6-4 record in his first year in Carolina was nothing special — it wasn’t until the next year that they became a powerhouse. There’s definitely a popular narrative that he’s a great motivator who people are excited to play for initially but eventually the shtick gets old, but without any direct knowledge of his motivation or the players’ reaction to him, I don’t have any great reason to buy into it.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]

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978 comments
Burtonboy
Burtonboy

So the magic man still has little bit of magic left in him yet eh . Pure skill on display right there last night 

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

how are the Habs so lucky to face a tampa team that sucks in the first round...

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

morning folks ....... we fire Carlyle yet ? 

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

good morning maple leafs hotstove......we fire carlyle yet? 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Just looked up the Ducks ' Patrick Maroon. He'll be 26 in a few weeks, five seasons in the AHL, first season as a regular in the NHL, played just 15 games for the Ducks since being drafted in 2007 before this year. 6'4"  225.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Penthouse: Is Gauthier getting or going to get any minutes with the Marlies or is he just going to be around for the pro team experience?

Bruffins
Bruffins

does Lucic get suspended? lol


Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Loric76  Great minds think alike ...Time for you to get on board :)

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Dangle_My_Berries  Bit surprised by Tampa . I know Bishop is huge part of the're success but I didn't realize he was the only reason lol

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Xxxxxnew  

Might be a lesson to learn here regarding Tyler Biggs, as they sound quite similar.

Everybody is ready to give up on the poor kid, but maybe he is a late bloomer and all he needs is 5 seasons or so in the AHL.


I'm sick of the Leafs giving up on their young players before they reach their potential.  (Steen, Tlusty, Boyes, Coliacovo, Stralman, etc)

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@TuckerWantsDougieForGM  

Who had the ban hammer for the NHL now that Shanny left??  Definitely deserves to sit for the remainder of this series (if not the playoffs).  No room for that kind of crap, especially in the playoffs.

mcloki
mcloki

Fuck the way Boston ownership has Bettman all sown up Lucic might win the Lady Bing.

rustynail
rustynail

@Bruffins  chance for the new guy to make his mark though, 8 games works for me

Mcost61
Mcost61

@Bruffins Probably the other guy gets suspended, being in Lucic's way

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Pent_House @Xxxxxnew  I looked it up when I saw the posts below and the only connection I could see, unless it was just talk show speculation, was he was the guy who got sent back down to the AHL when we sent Steckel to the Ducks for Ryan Lasch and, oddly enough, the Ducks' seventh round pick this summer. Maroon's name came up in all those stories. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Pent_House @Xxxxxnew  Thought as much. Probably practices with the big boys, gets the experience around the older players. He's still young, he was at the young end of his draft. 

.JVR.
.JVR.

@rustynail

Careful what you guys wish for.

As much as I hate Boston, I hate the habs more and I'm thinking the Bruins have a better chance of eliminating the smurfs than the Wed Rings do.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@~Keon I'm immune anyway. lol. I grew rhino hide in the early the 80s.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Pent_House @Xxxxxnew  Had another go at it and couldn't find it. If it was on a TV or radio discussion could be it didn't find its way online. Wouldn't have been a printed story.