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03-17-2013, 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by gravey9 View Post
The issue with this team is quite simple. It's identity. The team make up is just off. Last season, they had 10 out 12 (not gabby or richards) forwards that played the same way. Speed, size and some skill. They were good defensively, great on the forecheck and wore down their opponents.

This year's team has top 2 lines can't really play that style consistently without getting banged up. And the bottom two lines really lack speed and skill to be effective at that style. Separately, the D is a mess too, but fixable.

So, what exactly is this team? What's the style that allows them to be effective? And where do they go from here?

The kids who have the best shot at making it next year... Will Lindberg, Fasth, Kreider, Thomas cure this identity crisis or make it worse? The one guy who could really help cure part of what ails this team is, ironically, Dylan Mcilrath. (and... also a true offensive minded D)
Bingo.

Really sad to say but it's the truth. We lacked an identity for years, found one the last 2 seasons or so, culminating in last year's team. A few months later and we're back to square one in that sense. Extremely frustrating.

Honestly can't say I blame management for this one either. Their off-season moves made sense, and no one could truly forsee the lackluster play of Richards and Gaborik coming.

We needed an elite scorer; we gave up some depth for it, but everyone has to agree that was a good/necessary trade. Prust, a huge part of that identity, got stupid money as a UFA. Feds was not re-signed, so that's 4 players lost right there. Throw in Gaborik and Richards underperfoming along with Kreider not being ready and boom, there's this season's issues.

Not re-signing Feds and not shoring up the blueline's bottom pairing are my only critiques of the off-season. Players just aren't performing to what was expected of them by both management and the fans.

Just frustration all around.


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