Arpon Basu: Demotion means a Promotion
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08-04-2011, 06:55 AM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Coaching is definitely better now. Tremblay, for as much as he's grown as an assistant coach, was too green and raw to be a head coach.
Goaltending was actually okay with Thibault (despite much criticism), but he was never at Price's level.
Defense consisted of Malakhov, Brisebois, Odelein, Quintal, Popovic, and a rotating #6 (Rivet emerging at this time). On the whole, it was big, but not very good. Odelein was definitely serviceable, but neither Malakhov nor Brisebois had the capacity to run the blueline. Both were probably best suited as #3s in their prime. Quintal was serviceable in a top-4 role, but nothing more. So all four (minus Popovic) were deserving of top-4 minutes, but none would 'make' the blueline good.
The defense now, assuming Markov's healthy, is better.
On a different note: doesn't anyone think the 2008-09 top-9 was better than today's?
The C depth of Plekanec-Koivu-Lang definitely beats today's. The winger depth is superior, and top-end talent comparable. Of course, there's much distaste for Tanguay and Kovalev these days here, but they're good talents and were strong.
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