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05-20-2012, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by MsWoof View Post
If they are keeping Bryz for 8 more years, big moves need to be made, starting with the coach. If he's not willing to overhaul his system, there is no way they'll succeed in the playoffs. If he is willing, they need to do something about the forwards since very few are also good (not great) defensive players. All you have to do is look at every other team in the playoffs to realize how important 200' players are in the playoffs. They're either going to have to re-sign Carle for big bucks or let him go and then replace him. Kimmo, assuming his surgery is successful, has to have his minutes managed much better.
I agree that the defensive play of the forwards needs to be addressed, but I don't think overhauling them is how you do it. You can teach defensive play. Take all the younger guys, and tell them to focus on nothing but learning how to play in their own zone. Combine that with signing one or two good veteran defensive forwards in the bottom 6, and I think we'll be ok.

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