This is a Bad Hockey Team: Part 2
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02-01-2013, 12:37 PM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
There will be those who will disagree, but I feel the depth issues will solve themselves next season.
Lindberg, Fast, and Miller will be playing for spots in camp. If Lindberg and Fast bring the same level of overall game and talent they are displaying in the SEL, they will be big additions. Especially Lindberg who can win faceoffs and is very good defensively.
These three are more akin to the identity this club had last year, and the identity Tortorella looks for.
They will also make us a more mobile team. We aren't a fast team. Not fast enough overall to win races to pucks, which doesn't help when you dump and chase more often then not.
As far as this season...it is what it is. Callahan and Kreider need to get back into the lineup when they are healthy.
Lacking foot speed, not winning races to pucks, can't gain control of the puck. Lack of possession. A team with Gaborik, Richards, and Nash should have the puck more. A lack of a defenseman that can consistently contribute to a quick transition. Bad on faceoffs.
No consistent puck possession = lack of offensive pressure.
We are fine defensively, as a team. But with no attack any team will get worn out.
Sather needs to find a way to rid this roster of Rupp and Asham in the summer. They are useless. Slow, and devoid of any skill. They don't contribute, which shortens the bench. I knew these two would be an issue. They're awful. Replace them with dirt cheap, fast, pains in the ass. Guys that Tortorella can use.
And we need one more defenseman. One who can skate. Our transition game has got to improve. If you can't get the puck out and up the ice quicker, how the heck are they going to attack more consistently?
One of the big contracts may have to go.
Sather better be smart this trade deadline and spring/summer.
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