Jay Grossman just tweeted a link to an interview with Kozlov in the Russian press. Link here. Kozlov is obviously very upset (says he has been all year) and wants out, but only if he can go to a contender with Russian players. He also is considering the KHL for next year.
"Atlanta coach likes playing in four links, while I think that it’s impossible to play the whole match this way as we simply lose the rhythm. Ilya and I tried to explain that it’s necessary to change picture of the game sometimes.
"In order to catch the rhythm it’s better to play in two or three links, but Anderson doesn’t feel it. Maybe he is inexperienced or maybe he sticks to his own directions after he won the cup in AHL".
Assuming "links" is supposed to be lines. So Kozy and Kovy have been arguing with John Anderson about the way he rolls out four lines instead of just two or three?
If you're questioning your coach like that, you need to go. Make room for players who will buy into the coach's strategies.