Todd Bersnoozi wrote:Lancer wrote:I don't know if Keenan ever said a notably positive thing about anyone on the team that wasn't named Messier.
I don't know about that. There were some players that had breakout years cuz of Iron Mike, he liked our 2 rookies at the time and played them lots (Scatchard and Ohlund). He fully utilized Aucoin's slapshot. Oakie scored like 20G for a D-man and broke like a PP record for D-men @ that time. Aucoin never came close to those goal totals ever again throughout his career.
True, he did have his favourites (with some exceptions, almost entirely ex-Rangers) and no doubt proved beneficial to some careers. But if he didn't like a player or that player angered him in some way, they may as well get comfy in the press box and wait for the trade. He had his set archetypes of players and that was it.
One thing I'll say about Torts by comparison is he does have a better balance between patting the back and kicking the ass, and his approach has mellowed noticeably.