: Helene St. James
Red Wings to make decision on Holmstrom in July
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06-20-2012, 10:55 AM
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Portland, MI
Teams who have had quality power plays this year...it wasn't so much about having a net presense. They either threw out a line of crazy skill...like a Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Vancouver...or you see a team like Florida or Nashville that used a big shooting defenseman. San Jose plays a puck control game and they've got some good shooters and puck movers on defense. Edmonton has a young skilled team and didn't really have a prototypical QB at the point. They had an aging Ryan Smyth as well...obviously a comparable net presense to Homer but isn't what he used to be.
What I liked with Nashville's power play when we saw them in the playoffs was while they had Suter and Weber at the top...they moved the puck but they also moved players around the zone and they'd give you different looks and you have guys trying to move into dead areas to set up backdoor plays in the circles or near the net.
When Homer was at his best, the power play thrived. As he's slowed down, we've seen the Wings power play stagnate quite a bit. Losing Nick now and Rafalski the year before hurts on the back end perhaps you get a guy like Suter and Kronwall has developed as a scoring threat and Smith can become a bigger part of the attack in '12-13...their power play can evolve some. I just don't think keeping Homer makes their power play better...it's obvious his best years are behind him.
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