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07-31-2012, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
Our defense was a top ten defense even with a really poor PK. It's not just defense that is an issue with that aspect. It's the coaching AND it's the goaltending as well. I didn't mind making the switch in net due to salary but I know that Niemi is just as prone to giving up a softy as Nabby was. Niemi is no better as an individual goalie and, in reality, he'd be damn near unanimously worse if he didn't ride the back of a very talented Chicago squad to a Stanley Cup. That Cup is the only reason why anyone gives him the least bit of slack at this point.
I agree the coaching sucked last year. But so did the D. You never leave a guy standing on the backside of a goalie, ever! The Sharks were lacking big time in this area, especially on the PK. I can't wait to see what Larry Robinson does with this group. Burns may have the chance to shine. Braun, Demers, and Pickle will only get better. It could be exactly what we need.

Well that and a better strategy on offense than just changing up the lines every other game.

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