Sharks at Caps 7:30 PM 2/13/2012
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02-13-2012, 12:56 PM
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Aucoin is here getting his feet wet in case MP gets injured. Just like MP was toiling as a 4th line winger all year, waiting for an injury to a scoring C. Just like ramping up Orlov's minutes a few games back, its high time to figure out what we have in terms of depth at C and D. Get Aucoin up here, and let's expose him to what we may need him to do later, see if he can figure out how to trap yet still help generate scoring chances; be ready to pinch hit for an injured MP.
The system Dale is trying isn't new to hockey, its just taking time for the C/W up high to figure out when to join the forecheck, and how to trap when play is coming at them. It's not rocket science stuff. I feel they are erring on the side of caution and staying back, to not get in trouble. I do expect it to take time for the players to adapt but don't know whats reasonable - 3 months perhaps.
Maybe Dale didn't like Knuble talking about the teams lack of shots. The other GM's know his game, it won't change his trade value much.
Scott Hannan didn't need to watch any games to learn a new system and now these guys need 3 months to figure out stuff that isn't rocket science? Sure, they are younger, but hockey is hockey. These guys have been playing since they could walk.
The Caps responded to BB fairly quickly when he came on board. The Ducks have apparently picked up on BB's system in the same amount of time that Hunter's had to teach his troops. If the problem is personnel, then I don't think any amount of time is going to fix things. If that is indeed the case, DH needs to be flexible and make some changes that give the current squad the best chance to succeed.
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