Thursday, September 20, 2007

Camp Hanlon

A few posts back, we noted the tough love exhibited by Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella in the Lightning training camp. Well, Corey Masisak of the Washington Times, in In the Room, quotes Caps coach Glen Hanlon, referring to the extra skating done by the losers of a team-wide shootout...

"We put a real punishment on losing. I thought about it all summer. You can't create 15,000 fans in here so that pressure isn't on. There isn't a game on the line, so the only thing we can really do is not have it be a token skate. ... That's the only pressure we can have. It is the only realistic way. We are motivating by fear."

The Peerless doesn't think that is a throw-away line. Since the lockout, the Caps were about building. Now, it's about winning. That is a reflection of the expectations and the stakes involved. But if coach gets too caught up in the new mantra, "motivate by fear," well...just trot out this blast from the past...

We kid because we love.

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