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01-03-2009, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by TheGoalJudge View Post
This is really bothering me and I don't know if I'm right or wrong in thinking this but I can't help but be bothered by this. In my eyes at least, we have just a mish-mash of players. We have a ton of youth and a ton of skilled forwards but we don't have any real role definition or core.

I get the feeling that the players don't know what is expected of them night in and night out when they're playing on different lines, playing with different players, playing different times, playing in different situations.

Our PP, our top lines, our bottom lines are all scrambled and filled with what seems like the same type of player. Part of it has to do with injuries obviously but even then there's just so much redundancy on this roster.

I guess what I'm saying is there's more quantity than quality. IMO we need to consolidate, bring in a couple top-end players or star type players, and get rid of all the youth depth we have.

I want to see a top line, a good 2nd line, a SHUTDOWN 3rd line (not a mish mash of Lang and some other unproven youngsters trying to do god knows what), and an energy line.

Our defense is okay in terms of their roles and our goaltending is fine obviously but the forward core is driving me nuts!

Let's identify who we want to keep long-term and who we don't, and trade those guys for some star power and fill the bottom lines with shutdown players and cheap grinders that we have (Lapierre, Stewart, Chipchura, Kostopolous).

Teams that win the Cup have VERY strict role definition and an easily identifiable core of players. They have stars and role players. I don't see anything like this on our team. Sorry for the long post btw.
You sound EXACTLY like Marinaro.

I disagree that you can break it down on paper and define exact roles for individuals on a team. If that is so then injuries would deprive you of the elements you needed to succeed. If your shutdown line loses a player you are less effective. If you lose a face off specialist you are diminished. If you lose FIVE key players, like we have, you are doomed to fail.

Best that you play a sound defensive game and become an opportunistic team to provide your offense. It is a better way to build confidence which is the key to any successful team. Without confidence no team is safe.

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