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02-18-2013, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Axl Rhoadz View Post
LOL....didn't that 'ridiculous' system help the Kings STEAMROLL through last years playoffs and win a little trophy called the Stanley Cup? Absurd....
I don't think it's any secret that we caught lightning in a bottle immediately after the Carter trade last season and rode that wave to a Cup win. Let's not pretend that this very same system didn't mire the Kings in mediocrity for the majority of Sutter's tenure as head coach. Why do you think the Carter trade happened in the first place? Because the team was doing so well under Sutter?

I give Sutter all the credit in the WORLD for being an incredible motivator and squeezing production and value out of players when it matters most (the playoffs), but brilliant tactical coach he is not. Yes, we won a Cup last year. Yes, I wouldn't trade that for anything, ever. Yes, a Cup win has earned equity for every single player, coach, and manager in this club - for a long time. But don't let a Cup win forbid you from seeing the forest through the trees. Lombardi hockey has resulted in years of low scoring, statistically regressing teams in the regular season that sees offensively gifted players enter a system in which they seem to have all creativity and finesse sucked out of them.

At this point, the Cup win is an anomaly among years of offensive ineptitude and generally mediocre playoff bubble performances - not the other way around. I'm not trying to discredit anything Sutter, Lombardi, or anyone else has done for this franchise. But neither Lombardi nor Sutter is beyond reproach, especially in regards to the system they're pushing on this team that, 13 games in, is simply not working.

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