Bylsma/coaching discussion thread
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01-26-2013, 08:04 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
First off, as MTLPens fans rightfully said, this team can't roll lines like Buffalo, Philly, etc. However, they should have been more than skilled enough to beat Montreal and TB in the playoffs, and to at least avoid being embarrassed against Philly last year.
Shero deserves a lot of the blame. He's assembled a team based on speed. Which isn't a bad thing, but the Pens are very easy to play against. They don't have the size or willingness to forecheck. What do Kuni, Dupuis, Cooke, Kennedy, Adams, Vitale, Glass, Sutter, Tangradi have in common? Everything. Aside from slight differences, they're all the same guy. None of them are natural scorers, none are great with the puck, and for varying reasons none of them are very effective forecheckers. (Although Vitale is awesome in his role). Their D is also sofff. They can't move people from in front of the net, and aside from Letang and maybe Nisky, none of them are offensive minded either. So what are they? It's also been how many years now that Shero hasn't been able to find Sid a winger? Unacceptable.
That being said, Byslma is the biggest problem. No need to retype the reasons. They've already been posted. But his 'scheme' is ridiculous. He makes no adjustments. I honestly don't know what their game plan is. More often than not they look like cherry-picking, Harlem Globetrotting, tards who've forgotten the basics of hockey.
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