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06-08-2008, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Coolburn View Post
Remember Martin's system is based on defense first (not unlike Minnesota). So preventing goals is of most importance to him. He's thinking, "we scored 216 goals which was only 7 less than Minnesota and 6 less than San Jose and they were playoff teams, we just need to cut down on our goals against and get int the plus side of goals differential (last season -10)." You dont have to agree with it but thats his basic thinking. Bring in a new coach that will continue that and help the transition game on defense, and JM believes he's got a playoff-caliber team. Is he right? Who knows (like many of you, I agree that he's wrong for not acquiring a forward) but you can see why he believes that at least.

Expecting Matthias, Repik or Frolik to fill a roster spot is not good but Matthias prob could handle it between the 3. The buyout period begins in one week so you will see a lot of changes going on around the league at that point, with new possible targets as well.
You pretty much summed it up perfectly, Rich.

Yet again, JM is planning on improving the offense by way of defense.

One can only hope that the new coach will do a better job of getting the most out of this team, because there won't be a pivotal offensive player brought in to spark this troupe. We can continue to kiss goodbye the extra point once we delve into shootout territory.

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