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11-13-2003, 04:55 AM
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Der Schweinehund
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Just about a month...

Friday, October 10th, 2003:

"We're a better lineup than what I penciled in in the summer...That tells me we're ahead of where we thought we would be."
- Craig Patrick

Wow. How bad then was the summertime penciled-in roster?

I haven't seen an ounce of productivity or creativity from the coaching staff. That 2-hour video session obviously was successful. A well-motivated team would RALLY after being embarrassed. Instead, they got virtually embarrassed again. I am only seeing consistent hard work from 5 players - Fleury, Koltsov, Malone, Orpik, and Fata. Of course it is worth noting that four of the five are rookies. I see bright spots from many others, but many rough patches too.

There has been no consistency amongst lines or D-pairings - no wonder there are so many missed drop-passes, so much blown coverage, and numerous odd-man rushes against. The only constant we have seen is Martin Straka on the PP point - and that hasn't exactly been a bright spot for us now has it?

I can live with rookie mistakes. I can live with being less talented. I can live with having to take the cheap way out. This is exactly where you need a motivator who can institute a system, keep consistent lines and give players partners they can get to trust and know. I haven't had the greatest amount of faith in Mr. Olcyzk from the get go, noting that true teachers like Marc Habscheid, Peter DeBoer, and Brent Petersen would have been far better options to come in for their first NHL head coaching jobs. Clearly, the conveyed coaching message isn't clear, doesn't exist, or is just plain wrong. It can't take much longer for this to become apparent - if it hasn't already.

And despite the success of Patrick and the fact he has had his hands tied moreso than any other manager, he seems to have some trouble with coaches as of late - given that two of the last three are failures, with the third one getting pretty darn close. That not to mention either that each time we just tinker with coaches - have we ever replaced more than two of the four coaches at a time??

There - done with my venting...for now.

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