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Gusev's former coach questions mental capacity of Devils coaching staff

october 17, 2019
In a recent interview, Nikita Gusev declined the opportunity to blast Devils head coach John Hynes for the issues he'd been having as a result of constantly getting new line mates. He only went as far as to mention one game where he was told to start at RW, despite repeatedly telling the coaching staff that he had played LW for 10 years.

His childhood coach, Gennadi Kurdin had no qualms about blasting Devils coaches and management as a result of his pupil's demotion to the fourth line. Kurdin, who coached children in Moscow after retiring as a player in the late 1990s, and also counts Nikita Kucherov among his students (Kucherov bought him a new car more than two years ago as a sign of gratitude), was quoted as saying "Why take a player, pay him $4 million a year to play on the 4th line, when players like that can be had for 500k? Are they morons?

"Nikita is a different type of player. Any person who knows hockey can see that. Did New Jersey not know what they were getting? Don't try to make a robot out of him!"

The 27-year-old Gusev was a top star in the KHL, piling up 332 points in 391 games over nine seasons.
Are the Devils justified in putting Gusev on the fourth line?
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