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03-26-2013, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Blueline Bomber View Post
True, it's not his fault that's happening. However, maybe if Staal wasn't doing all those things you mentioned, the rest of the team would follow suit.

It's one thing to have a game not going your way. It's another to have a game not going your way and having no one working hard to right the ship.

Throughout this losing streak, there have been blatant examples of Staal just flat out embarrassing himself. First game I was legitimately pissed at Eric this year was the game against Washington that started this whole thing. I can distinctly remember Eric just lazily skating back into the zone to grab an icing...despite a Washington player racing behind him, who actually reached the puck before Eric.

Then tonight, right before the Burmi goal, you've got the top line creating a good chance that might have kept offensive pressure...had Eric not been on the ice attempting to sell a call that wasn't there...

Sorry, but when your best player(s) can't put forth the effort to touch up an icing or stay on his skates, it's no surprise the rest of the team isn't exactly putting it all on the line. And just to be fair to Staal, Skinner and Semin are guilty of the same issues.

Hence Muller's "best players" comment.

Our offense scoring 7 goals in the last 6 games.
Peters being a mediocre at best goaltender.
Special Teams.
Our breakout system is completely ineffective.
Physical toughness.
Our on paper defense.

Those have all been serious problems during our 6 game losing streak, and I fail to see how Staal "trying" harder or being a better leader would resolve any of that.

He isn't good enough to will this team to score by itself (and he shouldn't have to, given the firepower we have).

He can't turn Peters into a great goalie.

He can't singlehandedly turn our PP and PK around.

He can't singlehandedly finesse his way through the neutral zone with the puck on his stick.

He can't turn this team into one with grit (though I'll give you this one, if he were more physical, our team would likely follow suit).

And he can't improve the talent of our defense, unless he convinces Marc to sign here for league minimum.

Can Staal work harder and lead better? Of course. I gave an example myself, where he took an average shift of 14 seconds longer than what Muller wanted. If Staal is out there for the 38 seconds max, you think Semin is? Is Skinner? And could he try to the point of at least alleviating some of those concerns? Yes, he could.

But this collapse can't be pinned solely on Eric Staal and whatever mistakes he may have made during a particular game, no matter how hard some people try. And if the magic key to our problems were Staal trying harder, we wouldn't have lost 6 games in a row.

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