All-Encompassing Tortorella/Sather Thread
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03-16-2013, 02:37 PM
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Guys, the dump and chase isn't the major the problem or even our offensive zone schemes.
The main problem with Torts coaching is our breakouts. Our transitional game is probably the worst in the NHL.
We don't use the middle of the ice on short breakouts, and we overuse the stretch pass constantly.
The team can't even effectively establish a forecheck because of the lack of cohesion on the transition.
This was a problem last year, it was a problem the year before. It is yet again a problem this year...
In fact, this was a problem for Torts even when he was in Tampa after the lockout. Torts has not figured the transition game post '05.
He still runs a transition game that is predicated on league wide trapping systems. Even when teams don't play it anymore...
He views the transition game today as "pinball." He believes as long as the puck is moving up ice, it doesn't matter how it gets there. That is the problem. The best teams in the league are controlling the pill on their transitional play with purpose...
Yeah, this is how you could beat a trap before the redline offisde-rule was removed.
Torts got such big EGO that he can't look around the league and figure out that -- all teams -- are being tremendously much more creative now than during the trap era. All good teams, whether the more hard nosed teams or the more skilled teams, are really well drilled and use the entire ice to keep possession of the puck.
We just throw it away. If we don't have it, we can't make any misstakes.
Thats how it was done 2003. Not 2013.
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