Is coaching the problem?
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01-29-2010, 01:18 AM
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What makes JM's system sooo frustrating is that, not only is it more boring than watching paint dry, but it doesn't seem very effective in the "new NHL".
Since the lock out, teams that pressure the puck and have a lot of posession seem to have more success. It's not so much that we trap, it's how passive we are in allowing teams easy access to the red line, plus the lack of coverage on the points. Plus by having your wingers in so deep, it makes it hard to generate odd man rushes because you have an extra 10-15 feet to skate up ice versus normal coverage for NHL wingers.
If you don't generate much on the forecheck...because you don't forecheck a lot...and you don't generate a lot of odd man rushes because your wingers are back in deep, that means you have to score a ton on puck posession plays where you have it for at least 15-20 seconds or on the PP.
A lack of forecheck and odd man rushes generated makes it hard to draw penalities also.
You hit it right on the button. JM is an old school type of coach and his antiquated tactics aren't productive anymore. I think Boucher and his new school approach will be much more condusive to the new NHL.
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