St. James goes a little into the logic behind the Witkowski signing. Apparently he’s a good guy. I don’t really care for the signing, but I think knowing who is being brought into a locker room on a personality level does have a little weight to it at this key transition time in the culture of the Red Wings. I say that with the caveat that no one ever won a hockey game because they have the most friends.
I don’t know why this should come off as such a novel idea. The art of coaching is changing and players don’t respond to getting reamed out by coaches like they used to. Too often the response to players disliking the verbal abuse is “Well, they should! Just like the old days!” That just ain’t how young people respond these days.