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12-16-2005, 01:11 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Los Angeles
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It's FAR more a function of the players NOT playing to their abilities right now than ineffective coaching. Wen talented people are playing to their abilities and not winning games - that's a coaching failure. That's a system failure. That's NOT what's happening during this slump, save for the power play (which is a system failure and a coaching failure because it has not been working all season). 5 on 5 and on the PK - the system works. The Kings are one of the best 5 on 5 teams in hockey. Our PK HAS been steller - the players aren't pulling their weight.
Miller, Gleason, Belanger and Avery have been playing lights out hockey through this current slump. They seem to have gotten the coaches message - play lights out hockey while you're on the ice.
Here's a quote from Miller - one of the few players worth listening to because he's one of the few actually pulling his weight right now...
"He's just trying to get us going and playing better, but ultimately it comes down to us," Aaron Miller said. "Coaches can only do so much. It's the players who have to take more responsibility.
"We just have to go out and do it. Hopefully we're to that point, because we certainly have talked enough."
Good points. But if the players don't work for AM's system, and many have left. Than what's the real problem? Confidence in the NHL is simple.......ICE TIME! JR and Luc are not getting ice time, and when they do it's short lived. Either move the players or AM needs to grab his balls and play top tier players with top tier minutes regardless of the outcome. We're already struggling but we seem to struggle worse when every year we have third line players playing top line roles. It makes no sense at all.
I do agree that JR is struggling as is Luc. Well, either management need to remove them or AM needs to play them......and that means playing them in top three units. I've seen this trend far to long, but the coach really needs to look in the mirror and realize that he has some artists, and he has some blue collar guys. He tries to make everybody blue collar......not going to happen, just ask Bure!
AM should put the original pre-season line with JR, Cammy, and Frolov as line 1 or 2. Demitra with Conroy and possibly Army or Luc. Line three Avery, Belanger, and Brown........If were not going to get active via trade, than AM needs to buck up and play the players, where they belong.
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