Julien Fired ???
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11-04-2003, 09:59 PM
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This team doesn't have the firepower to play a wide open style.
Right now the team is focused on a transition system; not a strict defensive system. The Habs had 28 shots and a lot of room to work with against a fairly young and weak defensive team in Edmonton. They couldn't bury their chances, and simply don't have the players to make things happen offensively.
Out of those 28 shots, how many were just half-assed, wrist shots, from somewhere along the boards... oh.. just inside the blueline? Realistically, the Habs just float a dozen shots a game towards the net, hoping they go in. Its not like anyone is creating a serious scoring chance.
Minnesota and Nashville are more exciting because of the players they have. They all are lunchbox type of players, many of which were stuck in the minors for years. Combine that with youth that has a lot of character, and you get a team of players working hard every shift.
Disagree. They have speed, size.. and character. They go to the rink every day believing they have a chance to win. Looking behind the bench in Minnesota, is a little different than Montreal. As a player, how could you not respect Lemaire, and his accomplishments?
Montreal is filled with veterans that have mainly been in the NHL from a very young age, in very specific roles: to score goals. There's only two legitimate playmakers on Montreal; one is on the shelf, the second is a perimeter player and doesn't bring it every night.
That excuse works for a majority of the team, but not all.
There's little character, grit, and skating capabilities on Montreal. That's what separates the Habs from the Predators.
Totally agree with this. That's why I freaked out when we acquired Sundstrom, and applauded the Langdon/Begin moves.
Now if we see four or five players removed (Juneau, Perreault, Audette, Dackell and one of the right D's) removed and see the kids injected into the lineup, we'd see a very different, more exciting Hab team with more speed and character.
This is what I wanted all along.
It's not the system, or the coach. It's the players.
To a point. The coach is responsible for the players on the ice, and this is the bottom line. I don't think CJ will lose his job yet, not until he has a capable squad to work with.
In reality, we are in agreement on almost all points.
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