When Will Heads Roll?
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01-30-2013, 01:08 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Parkland, FL
Dineen is safe. What is he supposed to do? He has one of the least talented, and arguably the most out of shape, roster in the NHL. Almost none of our players came to camp ready to play.
Hindsight it 20/20, but I recall saying before the lockout that this team was poised to regress. We lost two players who played significant roles last year in free agency (Garrison and Samuelsson), and replaced them with lesser players, Kuba and Mueller. The expectation of many (myself included) was for Huberdeau to burst onto the scene and become our top scoring threat. Unfortunately, he's struggling after the first game as he's still physically skinny and teams are keying in on him. Injuries are an excuse, you can't deny we miss Goc, Bergenheim, and Gudbranson, but let's be honest with ourselves, will those three really help our offense that much? The key issue for us, as it has been for the last decade, is we can't score goals.
Unless the first line starts clicking like they did at the beginning of last season, or the Huberdeau-Mueller-Kovalev trio goes on a tear, we could be in for a very, very long season.
And don't blame goaltending for all of our issues. Theodore is facing over 30 shots a game, and there have been many defensive breakdowns in front of him. I counted 3 of them in last night's game alone that led to goals. The whole team needs to step up... and step up soon.
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