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01-27-2010, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by blue2noise View Post
You're not getting it. It's not about having a team full of goons. It's about have a team with a lot of grit to compliment and open up space for your skilled players. This team will never put up any scoring as long as larger teams can push them around and off the puck. Look at all the successful teams in the East. They all have scoring, grit and most importantly size on the wings and size on defense. That's a balanced team.

Sather constantly adds soft players, small players or players afraid to get their nose dirty. It's not always about fighting and goons. Even our defense all play like a bunch of wingers with the exception of Stall and DZ. Do you think ANYONE thinks twice about skating up Rosie's side at all? Redden's side? There are many D men out there that players know will hit you if you rush up their wing and think twice about it.

This is exactly the thinking that Sather has done wrong for SO long. "We need more scoring? This guy has X points...there it is." Enter more finesse guys to get pushed around. Say what you want about the Devils, but if you look at their roster it's not like they are a bomb squad. They are big and rugged and when you play them you will have to work your ass of and get some bruises. Same with Philly. Same with the Pens.

The reason we cant score is because we have very few players willing to pay the price or park themselves in front of the net to take a pounding.
I 100% agree with saying this team needs more grit. However, if the team is built to have all grinders it doesnt work out. This team lacks skill. They have 3 skill players in MDZ, Prospal and Gaborik. That is not enough. They also have too many undersized grinders. Horribly built team.

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