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So...you still wanna fire Homer?
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04-24-2010, 09:14 AM
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Actually, no, Holmgren specifically stated in his press conference announcing the signing of Laperriere that he was going to be winning faceoffs for us. To which numerous posters here called BS and, including emailing ASF and getting a humorously ignorant email back from ASF quoting 5-year old faceoff stats for Lappy and how he could help us there.
true, he did say Lappy would help on face offs but I thought it was more along the lines that because of his competitive nature he hated even losing face-offs and that was something they hoped would rub off on Carter and Richards.
Regardless, there are two areas that I thought Homer messed up this season.
1.Trying to pass Jones through waivers and costing the team $1.5MM in cap space.
2. Not replacing Knuble in the lineup. Not so much his scoring but his net presence. They lacked a big body in front all season. This team went long stretches of scoring droughts which is when you need a garbage guy to chip in goals. Bertuzzi.
Emery was a good signing whether or not it was out of necessity. He was a top 15 goalie when healthy at $1.5MM (?). Pronger trade though expensive is hard to argue with. Betts dollar for dollar one of best signings this season. Leino trade. Krajicek pickup.
Homer's screw ups were from season's past. Mainly Jones.
Briere-expensive but majority was behind the signing.
Kimo/Hartnell - helped turn the team around trade. Hartnell can be lived with when he gets 25 goals. He is an albatross when he doesn't chip in goals. See how next season goes.
Lupul/Smith - helped get team to conference finals.
This season the team had a 30 goal scorer out for 2 months with surgery (Gagne), Hartnell went from 30 to 14 goals, Emery goes down, and Giroux/JVR had too much expected of them in light of losing Knuble but then again if Gagne & Hartnell have normal season you may not have noticed it.
BIG QUESTION -
If you have a goalie in your system that showed stretches of lights out goaltending in the NHL, was successful at the AHL, wins a championship in the AHL, and wins MVP of the Olympics for carrying his team to a silver medal is that ignoring your goaltending situation? Did they assume they had a young goalie to take the reigns in Nitty while the other goalies in their system needed severals to see how they turned out (Ericcson?)?
Many teams have goalie prospects that don't turn out to be THE GUY in the NHL. In the past 10 years the Flyers had 2 young goalies in the system have success but not be THE GUY so they tried free agents. Other teams force guys like Dan Cloutier down their fan base throats.
Boucher - won in the AHL as a young goalie, went to game 7 of conference finals, has record for longest stretch with no goals but was never able to be THE GUY.
Nitty - despite sucess was never able to be THE GUY. Maybe becuase of injuries (hip?) but he is still young.
Bottomline Homer needs to better in areas but I doubt Snider has had his full of the guy especially if they have a good showing in this round.
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