A Divided Kopitar Cannot Stand
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02-12-2011, 08:41 PM
They did it!
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Good, fair point. Looking back at the article is does come off that way about Kopi and his new line mates.
Perhaps, as is often the case, tangents can dilute my main point, which is that regardless of linemates, Kopi's head is in defense first. Getting him a offensive dynamo to play with or in front of, I believe will have the effect of Kopi becoming offense first. Ultimately, this is what I want from Kopi, sound defense with an offense first mentality in his drive to the net and plays in the o-zone. The defense is important, of course, and it makes me endlessly happy that we have a #1 center that can play shut down against anyone in the league, but I think that has to be the second nature part, where the offense has to be his main drive.
Obviously, this particular line change for today, adding Zus and Simmer, worked out. Loved it. Simmer played the way I want Kopi to play, and Kopi played damn well. But it is still just one game, one that will hopefully give Kopi the confidence boost he's been needing.
The idea behind adding another forward for Kopi is the message that it does send. I've read so much of "well if Kopi doesn't get going on his own then getting him help from a trade is the wrong message to send". This is what I truly disagree with. If Kopi is struggling, boost him up. Say "hey kid, we know you are trying your best, so let us try and help you be better." Instead of "we'll get you help when you've proven you don't need it."
Fair enough. Like I said, I don't necessarily disagree with the crux of your post (I hope I'm using that right).
Anyway, Kopitar was a joy to watch today, that's for sure
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