The Off-season Thread Part III (pre-season schedule w/TV in #472)
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07-16-2011, 08:43 PM
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In terms of on-ice chemistry, they've been pretty bad the passed couple years. When Knuble left, the RW spot became a dumping ground for the extra forward on the team (Nodl, Powe, Carcillo) to go along with Gagne and Richards...and when Gagne left, it seemed to be downhill from there. I think most of the forwards on the team saw SOME time on Richards' wing last season.
As for Carter, the guy has a near perfect playing style as a winger, with good defensive precense...but he never played thw wing well. He hasn't had great chemistry with many players since he'd been here. His best line last year was with JvR and Zherdev. That may have been our BEST line all season, unfortunately with Zherdev in and out of the lineup, it was gutted after just a few games.
As for off-ice chemistry, most of the rumored voids in the locker room seemed to have come from the younger players on the team. Again, with Richards skipping practices with "head colds" when he should he the face of the franchise and an icon in the locker room for the younger players... it wasn't a great match. Now we have guys who know they play hockey for a living. With Richards and Carter...sometimes it just seemed like hockey was a hobby and a paycheck.
You really overexaggerate or at the very least take ridiculous liberties with hearsay you assume to be true.
Based off what Homer and Snyder said after the trade it seems like mgmt decided Lavy was their guy and they wanted the faces of the team to have the same attitude. Richards and Carter didn't sweat games until March. Lavy sweated every shift like it was game 7.
Richards and Carter played hard but weren't going to hold team mates accountable for a bad game in Dec. This would have been a clash every season with Lavy and with the NTCs for 8-9 yrs something would have had to give. Mgmt decided they would move them now while their value was highest.
Some times young super stars think because they can turn it up when they want other players can do the same so they don't see the urgency of leaning on guys on a Wed in Nov. That's the risk of having a young capt'n.
Regardless, now Lavy has guys in place to deliver his messgae.
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