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New Jersey Devils head coach makes ridiculous claim about his team's powerplay struggles

Published February 24, 2024 at 11:53

The New Jersey Devils have had a rough go to this point in the National Hockey League season, performing well under what was expected of them and it seems the pressure is not only getting to the Devils as a team, but their head coach Lindy Ruff is having a tough go as well.

According to the Spittin' Chiclets Podcast, Ruff blamed the media pressure for his team's recent struggles on the powerplay in one of the most ridiculous things you'll hear from a head coach; take a look.

The Devils powerplay would be buzzing if it weren't for the media's excess pressure

Ruff says the media adds undo excess pressure on his team by continuing to ask them questions about their struggles, while also mentioning that he and his staff are looking at every possible angle to right the ship. This includes separating his units in practice and not just having all of his powerplay guys in one group.

To me, this seems like a very odd thing to be mad about, it's the media's job to ask questions and when the team is struggling, of course there are going to be questions regarding those struggles. I agree sometimes the media can be over the top, but if the can't handle questions about certain things, they should be taught how to tune the noise out.

This is also extremely odd coming from a veteran coach like Ruff. Maybe he's trying to take the pressure off the players here, but the way he went about it was laughable at best.
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New Jersey Devils head coach makes ridiculous claim about his team's powerplay struggles

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