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07-22-2011, 12:24 AM
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The Gomez-Gionta duo was a huge liability for us defensively. They combined for -16. I can't blame Martin for trying to put a more reliable winger alongside them.
Darche actually played there more often than Moen.
You can argue that Martin should have opted to go with other wingers. He eventually did place DD there, and it seemed to work well until he got injured not too long after.
He could have perhaps placed Eller as a winger, but he really never looked comfortable on the wing during the season, and always seemed much better as a center. So, I can see why he didn't want to go through that route.
I mean, it's not like Martin was leaving out some very interesting options to go with guys like Darche or Moen.
What strikes me the most however, is that people will focus on this more than realize that despite his poor coaching decisions (according to them), we were just 1 goal from moving to the 2nd round. People should be noticing that perhaps he knows a little more about this game than they do, and where he's led us is actually good, not bad.
And that one goal could have come from either Gionta or Gomez if they had an offensively skilled forward playing with them. Love Moen for what he brings to the team but he is not top 6 material. Yet Martin had him in that role which hurt the productivity of that line (the chemistry thing).
The Martin fanboy "1 goal away" defense is laughable and overused.
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