Is coaching the problem?
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01-28-2010, 02:38 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
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You keep saying this team is underachieving, but really, where did you expect them to be??..they're tied with 3 other teams for the 6th spot. Granted we played more games, but still, as of today it's a tie.
If you consider the numerous injuries we've suffered, it's a miracle we're still even battling for a POs spot.
Maybe you had too high expectations earlier and thought we'd be a top 6 team, but I didn't and especially not after losing Markov to a serious injury in Game 1.
Why can't you just see that we're simply not that good??..
We have an aging and slow defense. Spacek that should have been our best defensive signal has had difficulty adjusting to play on the right side. Gill and Mara are slow.
We've had trouble finding a top 6 player all year whether it's due to bad play or injuries. Right now, we have a bottom six with no defined role. We do not have a checking line. We do not have an energy line. Our top players are all small with the exception of Pouliot (A.Kost being injured). Small and not superstars might I add.
Maybe Martin should put Lappy/Metro/Moen together, make it our checking line and just roll 3 lines all the time. But this would fatigue even more the team that has played the most games in the NHL.
I just don't buy that we're a bad team. I don't buy that Buffalo and Ottawa defence is better than ours. Ottawa should have no puck moving defencemen and Buffalo is basically playing with 2 rookies and Steve Montador and Craig Rivet as their veteran d-men. No one in their right minds could tell me before the season began that these two defenses would be better than ours. Yet, because Ruff and Clouston know what the heck they're doing, both teams have exceeded expectations. They attack with 5 players and defend the same way. Martin seemingly does neither. We always seem to dominate games when we open the game; look at the Rangers game last week as a prime example. We play well when we let our horses run wild, not when we contain them. There's a reason why an all-star like Markov looks sub-par right now; he's being held back by this ridiculous system. Put him in Buffalo and he's probably a PPG player.
Martin is not a bad coach; he's just the wrong coach for this team.
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