The Washington Times - December 19, 2007, 07:38PM
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Glen Hanlon

\ GEORGE MCPHEE\

\ “They’re playing the way we thought they could play at the start of the year. We thought we could be a competitive club and be an above .500 team and compete for the last couple of spots in the playoffs. They are playing that way now.”\

\ HOW HAS HE GOTTEN THE VETERAN PLAYERS TO BUY IN?\

\ “When you have the right veterans that is not a problem. When Bruce called out Pothier and Olie for their mistakes in New Jersey, they could have made life difficult for him and for the team. But they didn’t. They were man enough to do that and send the right message to the coach and the rest of the team.”\

\ BRIAN POTHIER\

\ “Everybody has been responding, especially the young guys. They’ve had him and are comfortable with him, and we’re all getting more and more comfortable with him and his system and on the ice we are really responding.”\

\ “In this short term having limited practice time he has implemented that has been really effective, and more important than the system is that he is getting everyone on board to play it.”\

\ TOM POTI\

\ “You could see the last game against Detroit we’re kind of finally grasping everything and I think we know if we listen to him and play the way he wants us to play, we are going to have success.”\

\ CAN HE SUCCEED IN THIS LEAUGE?\

\ “No question about it - I am surprised it took him this long to get a job. I am surprised no one has given him a chance before. I think people who knew him from before realized he could have success in this league and he is doing it.”\

\ HOW HAS HE GOTTEN THE VETERAN PLAYERS TO BUY IN?\

\ “Some veterans would be like that and have big egos. I noticed it when I first walked in the door here this year - guys like myself, Michael [Nylander] and Kozzie [Viktor Kozlov] - we check are egos at the door and we are here to have success and to win. When coach talks we listen.”\

\ DID THE LAST TWO GAMES WITH GLEN HANLON GIVE THE LEADERS IN THE ROOM A REFERENCE POINT TO SAY, ‘WE ARE NOT GOING TO PLAY LIKE THIS ANYMORE?’\

\ “You could kind of look at that as a blessing in disguise. Before you can have success you have to hit rock bottom to know what the bottom is like and to know that you never want to go back there. I think we saw that the last two games with Glen. It was unfortunate because he was a great guy and a great coach.”\

\ OLIE KOLZIG\

\ “Guys have responded and we are playing well. It is a combination of things. Once the coach gets fired, the onus is on the players. If things don’t get turned around, then the players are the next ones to go. I think there is a little bit of fear there. Secondly, half the team played for him before and they obviously respect him quite a bit. Then the other thing is he is just blatantly up front and honest and tells it like it is. Guys don’t want to be in meeting time the one who gets singled out.”\

\ DAVID STECKEL\

\ SURPRISED WITH HIS QUICK SUCCESS?\

\ “No, not really. Every team he expects and demands the most, and his teams find a way to win. They win, and that is the bottom line.”\

\ HAS HE ALWAYS CALLED OUT PLAYERS, REGARDLESS OF HOW GOOD THEY ARE?\

\ That is not an anomaly with him. Every time you play bad, you are going to hear it. He really expects the players to play his way and to play at your best every game, because that is our job. He wants to make it fun, and the only way it is fun is if you win.\

\ — Corey Masisak