I want a defensive powerhouse
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04-26-2012, 05:56 AM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Another over-reactionary thread, hey?
I feel like if there's one thing that has been proven, it's just how short an attention span your average HF poster has.
Don't get rid of Fleury. Don't get rid of Bylsma. They aren't the problem. I will agree though that some turnover (on any team) is necessary but anyone who has regularly excelled (yes, even in regular reason) shouldn't be looked to. If that weren't the case, Mike Babcock should have been fired a long time ago.
I still strongly believe in the core and philosophy of this team. Your bottom earners need to be able to grind *****es down. We addressed the issue of not having scoring wingers and we thought we had maybe even over-addressed our defense but we couldn't have anticipated two years ago that Paul Martin would have played this poorly. I'm not sure why but our defensive game became unravelled as the season came to a close. Casual observers will say that our issues started in the playoffs but all of us were a bit wary. If the regular season would have ended 2 weeks earlier, that would have been the perfect time but we began declining, meanwhile Philly was equally as hot as us and then didn't stumble going into the playoffs.
I would agree with the "stale" comment. Or as I always put it, every team needs a healthy dose of turn-over and while I'm not exactly sure what that will look like, I feel like a good first step is to clear Paul Martin's Cap hit. We also need to address our backup goaltender situation. it doesn't happen every year but a common playoff theme for successful teams is to have a good goaltending tandem. I refuse to blame Fleury for our playoff woes. He was not great but he also was in no position to steal that series. but pulling him for Brent Johnson in order to maybe turn things around was just never an option. If we had had a reliable backup then DB has that card to play to shake up our team.
Also, it seems like Shero used to try to collect a stable of 7-8 healthy, reliable defenseman. The last little while it seems like he's been collecting forwards that can jump in and chancing things a bit on the blueline.
To summarize, there are way more positives then negative's on this team and that includes coaching. I don't really think any big changes are needed (I guess I don't count PM's $5M contract a "big" change). Mostly just some tweaks and to hedge our odds better with numbers.
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