#61: Kings @ Avalanche, 2/22/12, 4-1 Loss
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02-23-2012, 02:40 AM
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This is not a flame, I truly respect your opinion and find you a quality poster.
But what makes you think he has hockey sense and has built this system the right way.
The Kings have yet to draft and develop a scoring line player since he took over, and realistically no one is close right now. This team has awful trouble scoring goals and the best they can come up with to call up is Dwight King and Jordan Nolan. That tells me the prospect system is not well built.
As for hockey sense, considering Dean thinks tight checking 2-1 hockey is the way to go and he has had 6 seasons to build his baby it makes me think he has zero hockey sense, especially when it comes to post lockout hockey. I just don't buy the BS cliches, pie charts etc. This thing is going down just like it did for him in SJ because he clearly has no clue how to build a successful hockey team. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. And certain Lombardi apologists on this site have said before how Dean failed in SJ because he had to shed payroll, when in reality it had already fallen apart before Dean was forced to shed salary. Ironically almost a decade later, many fans of this team would love to see payroll unloaded at this deadline rather than trying to add a piece that may get us into the 8th seed.
Herby, you differ with Dean on strategy philosophy as you started out by saying. Dean thinks its a 3-2 league, as does Sutter, so they will play accordingly with grind it out hockey. Dean may be wrong in that, but I do respect his hockey knowledge. He deserves credit for bringing something new to LA, and that's building through the draft, and having a base.
There's a lot to gripe about Dean, trust me but hockey knowledge isn't one of them. He's well respected by his peers in the GMing business...like Lou Lam etc.
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