The Inability to Score
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02-07-2010, 02:36 AM
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And now we can rule out Coaching, System, Accountability, and Conditioning.
There's only one thing left: players.
The goaltending is subpar. Defense 4, 5, and 6 are huge weaknesses. Gagne is played out, like Chris Drury, only the Flyers play their played out fella on a first line. Briere is a non-factor. Hartnell is dumb. Carter is streaky. Richards is not a number one center. Giroux is not ready. The 3rd and 4th lines are what they are, effective in that role but not able to step up with regularity.
This is a middle of the pack roster.
I tend to agree with this assessment, the d has little depth pas Pronger and Timonen...goaltending is questionable, Giroux and JVR are still green and not ready to be counted on. I will say that I'm not quite ready to give up on Gagne. He's still makes good plays out there but is having trouble finishing. I think he's been close on a lot of plays and it will come before too long. Briere is capable of much more but also in a funk. These are very good hockey players. I don't think they've "lost it" or anything...I still think they might be able to find some better chemistry by exploring new line combos, get Richie away from Gagne, maybe Leino clicks with someone, who knows. But these guys are too talented and well paid to let this kind of thing continue.
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