HockeyBuzz.com – Matthew Barry – Dustin Brown Sounds Off

Following practice yesterday, I asked Brown simply, is there a problem?

“I think its an individual thing.” Brown began. “We’re professionals. We’re paid to come prepared to play. I think it’s something that every individual on this team, they need to come ready. Partly it’s coming together as a team but if you’re not ready to go individually, collectively we’re not going to be nearly as strong.”

“I think it comes down to not having enough individuals ready. I think it comes down to purely the individual preparing themselves honestly.”

I asked if it was the captains responsibility to approach that individual. Brown replied, “I think its something we’ve addressed. Hopefully it gets through and people are better at it. We talked about it a few times this year. It has to be corrected sooner rather than later by the individual”.

When asked if it was his responsibility or Terry Murray’s, Brown stated, “I think its a mixture of both. But again, ultimately it falls on the responsibility of the shoulders of the player, or players, collectively. The coach can preach all he wants and people can yell all they want but its up to the athlete to make up his mind if they want to be better and want to play.”

I then asked Terry Murray if he agreed with Brown’s statements. “We have been talking about that, getting ready to get going, making sure that each one of you individually is doing what you need to do to bring your best game… the responsibility for that is the individual player to come and play the game.”

“We need to get to the right level of play to match the intensity of the opponent… or if you’re just inconsistent, we get a couple of really good shifts, which is what’s been happening, and then we’re dropping back off and not following it up and that’s also a concern that needs to be addressed.”

Maybe that’s why Dean Lombardi is accompanying the team to San Jose.

via HockeyBuzz.com – Matthew Barry – Dustin Brown Sounds Off.

Okay, so let’s play along at home. Who could Dustin Brown be talking about? Let’s run down the list…

Himself? I’ll say no.

Kopitar? No.

Williams? No.

Frolov? Maaaaaybe.

Purcell? Maybe, but Murray has been praising him, especially re hard work.

Stoll? No.

Parse? NO.

Handzus? No.

Simmonds? NO.

Ivanans? Yes, of course, it’s Raitis! No.

Richardson? NO.

Harrold? He’s been plenty prepared in the press box. No.

Johnson? Possible, but my impression is  that he’s working his *** off and Murray likes it. Mistakes aside.

Doughty? NO.

SOD? No.

Greene? NO.

Drewiske? I doubt it.

Jones? In light of the benching, I’ll say maybe.

So who does that boil down to? Frolov, Purcell, Johnson, Jones. I don’t think it’s Jones. The timing isn’t right. He was playing like gangbusters around the time of Brown’s first comments. Johnson, again, I think it’s unlikely. He’s been getting more icetime, not less.

Frolov and Purcell. And, really, it’s down to Frolov, because Teddy is busting his ass, but choking.

So, Fro…

 
  • DougS

    On the whole, I agree with your analysis; but even Frolov has been playing harder of late. So I think it kind of leaves no likely candidates.

    Without reading all of Barry’s original post, I wonder if another reading is possible: that Brown is really talking about the entire season, with maybe some history from last season carrying over. That is, it’s been a problem before, and even though it’s not so much a problem now, Brownie knows it’s a constant worry because even a little backsliding could undo what the Kings have accomplished so far. And because he’s the C, he has to worry about these sorts of things.

  • Cricket

    I’m just wondering, even though he said it a few times, if anyone truly is not coming prepared or if it’s just the easiest answer to give in a pinch after a loss.

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