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07-17-2011, 05:07 PM
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if by accountability you mean taking actions such as benching, scratching, etc... you cant really (has to be very rare exceptions)... cause by doing so you'd have to change what was planned for the youngsters too...
I mean, at 10/15 games, we had Gomez playing like ****, what was JM supposed to do, give Eller 2nd line duties ?? come on, at the time the kid barely looked like a NHLer... or call up DD and have him go straight from AHL to 2nd line C in the NHL ?? be serious for a sec. here...
While you think that (and it looks like the logical move - looks like), JM did the opposite and the kids did a'right... so, maybe that's not the way to go for everybody...
the kids did alright?
pouliot was a complete failure, S.Kost, O'Byrne & D'ago were all moved to teams where they almost immediately played a role we definitely could have used...
Subban, thankfully, has a great attitude and took his completely ridiculous 3-game benching in stride, in this day & and age it's lucky for us that he didn't let his ego or the unfariness of the situation lead to a bigger problem.
MaxPac teetered with negative public comments, but again, has sufficient character to make the best of a bogus situation.
perhaps we have very different understanding of what "doing all right" is, but imo, our young players on the whole have not benefited from Martin's approach.
i also believe that both Eller and Weber (and arguably White as well) could/would have been considerably more effective for us late in the season had they gotten deserved minutes/opportunities to learn + build confidence during the season.
It's not necessarily a black-white question of swapping Eller for Gomez 10 games into the season, it's just as easy to adjust minutes game-by-game/shift-by-shift.
with Gomez struggling so bad all season long, instead of constantly shuffling through wingers (messing with their production every step of the way), while religiously playing him 19-20min/game, he could simply have cut Gomez's minutes to 16-17 and bumped up Eller/DD to the 2nd line for a few shifts/game, or used them in the 2nd pp wave.
given how much and how badly Gomez struggled pretty much all season long, it's actually amazing to me that Martin didn't flat out "demote" him to a bottom six role for at least a few games, but again, he could have been using Eller/DD more without having to go that far.
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