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12-17-2012, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by chewerjones View Post
James Boyd has some serious thinking to do over the next few weeks. Are they Buyers or Sellers? Three weeks ago, they were serious contenders for the East and definitely buyers.

However, over the last 3 weeks, they have been sliding, and now are only 5 points out of the cellar in their own division. They will still make the playoffs, but may not be strong enough to win the East. It seems like their Defence and Goaltending have faltered, and their Offence has slowed down.

The team seems to be not competing hard, and I cant remember the last time one of their known fighters has had a fight. Either they have become complaicant, or not playing for James Boyd.

Graves, Carrick, Cord have to start throwing their weight around, both physically and with fights.

The team doesnt have enough goal scorers or offensive minded players to carry the team if the Defence falters.
I don't think it's a case that this team has gotten worse. It's a case that the others have found their potential. This is exactly what happened last year. Enough winning in the beginning of the season when everyone was fresh and eager, to help get them to playoffs, but not enough of anything to keep them going.

I agree that there is less of something (drive, effort, effectiveness as a coach), however, I disagree that it's a back end problem. Take a look at the game last night. Twice Cord and Diodati had to stand there yelling for someone to come and work the breakout. The breakout should be an automatic thing by now no matter what line. That's fundamental hockey. Of course the D look bad, the lack of support from the forwards makes it look like a D issue. Break it down and take a good look, many of the goals against are because a forward didn't pick up their guy. When in your own end, everyone is D at some point.

I still contend that they should be sellers not buyers.

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