Maybe Gillis has finally woken up to the smell of stale shit that is coming from the locker room.
Hopefully he was also unimpressed with Bieksa's comments in the Province about not needing a coach to crack the whip.....generally I find that "employees" state what they want under the headline of what they need. I most cases employees prefer a comfortable and complacent work environment that minimizes pressure and consequences for failures.
What a load of crap. Flown Westjet lately? Employees are more than capable to rise above given the choice.
Fuck the boss/coach that treats others like shyte.
These players are adults, extremely well paid professionals and know what they need. Look what happened under Keenan...I don't know about you but I never want to go through that again.
That said. If a player or team is shit then they deserve a coaches/GMs wrath.
AV losty the room is all, it happens all the time. You do not fill the room with bile.
Well for starters I'll say that most places where employees get comfortable and complacent, make good money, and almost never experience any repercussions for mailing it in 75% of the time, those places tend to stay stale. Those are often places that started out with some real enthusiastic people who were comfortable if they didn't do their best because they knew that at the end of the day they were still getting their paycheque. Ironically, most of these people that sit in the under producing desks, or whatever, are seasoned professionals who are approaching mid-life, it's strange, but they have gone into coast mode and their real passions are elsewhere now (kids, spouse, hobbies, message boards, etc.), so they spend their energy where it best suits them. These working environments are where upper management suddenly realizes that the lower floors aren't actually getting it done, so they remove the middle management and replace him with someone who they feel can inject some fresh life into the current group. If that fails, heads start to roll. Sometimes that backfires and you upper management gets a little too excited about someone's resume and how he gave their competition an edge a few years ago, so they hire an over-zealous fellow who is secretly working on his own version of Mein Kampf and his head explodes with delusions of personal grandeur. Generally a few heads have rolled, sometimes the wrong ones, and you end up with a fairly disgruntled bunch of employees, so upper management rights the ship, kicks the ego maniac out, and gets someone else. The new guy comes in, has some relatively new faces to work with, and some of them have learned the benefits of slaving away, even if it is out of fear, and with some guidance they really flourish and the "floor" is producing again. Then the cycle may repeat itself depending on a few variables.
Sounds familiar eh.....
Oh and one more thing, it would be wise to remember that most, if not all, Westjet employees are also Westjet share holders. I believe it is still an employee owned and operated company, but all of them are expected to maintain a certain level of performance. They have a personal stake in it. NHL players (on one-way contracts) do not stand to lose a dime of their promised salary if they mail it in.