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10-26-2011, 12:12 PM
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In no particular order :

1 - Injuries - three Ds and various forwards.
2 - Jacques Martin - he is not a leader and a motivator and that's the biggest problem.
3 - Kirk Muller - they lost their leader - he communicated and motivated
4 - Price and Subban - they have both struggled
5 - Size and grit - how many times has Price been run over?
6 - luck - they were awful against Pittsburgh but they could-shoud have won other games with a bit of luck.

It's not all lost however. With a full lineup, they should be much better offensively and defensively. Price and Subban will be better. MaxPac, Eller and AK are young and improving every game. The young D (Weber, Diaz, Emelin) are gaining valuable experience and playing better and better. Cole will get better also. Markov will return at one point.

Trades are difficult so improving size and grit is tough to do. Nokoleinenennen isn't a bad player but if you're going to make a trade, how about a bit of size and tougness.

It won't happen soon enough but a coaching change (Therrien, Muller, Crawford) could turn this team around fairly quickly.

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