Wilson vs. Wilson
There could hardly be two more different personality types than Doug and Ron Wilson (pictured).
Doug, an NHL defenseman for 16 seasons who was involved in the formative years of the NHL Players' Association, is measured and calm and not given to histrionics. He insisted the media misinterpreted his deliberateness for indecisiveness in returning Ron Wilson to the coaching post. He said he would take the same amount of time to assess the team's performance if they'd won the Stanley Cup.
"I think a lot of people jumped to whatever conclusions," he said.
Ron played 177 NHL games, but is considered one of the brightest coaches in the game who is always at the forefront of technological advances and is a master of breaking the game down statistically.
For instance, he has identified a key problem with his team this season -- shift lengths. He said they're too long. Players are staying out too long, in part because he thinks they want to do too much, and the team has struggled offensively as a result.
In a recent Anaheim-Los Angeles game, where the Ducks came from behind to defeat the Kings, Wilson noted the Ducks forwards were averaging 49 seconds a shift. His forwards average almost 10 seconds more a shift.
"You want to play 21 minutes? Don't do it in 21 shifts, do it in 26 or 27," he said. "The games where we mentally think short shifts, we score four or five goals. When you have the night when it starts [where] you didn't score early in the game, the shifts always start to sort of drag out. You have no offense because you're tired."
-- Scott Burnside