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04-16-2013, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Sting View Post
That's one way of looking at it, but there's another way, too.

- No #1 center/playmaker

- No #1 offensive defenseman

- Richards playing poorly

- Clowe channeling Taylor Pyatt

- Offensive zero 4th liner in Boyle playing top 9 minutes

- Practically no offense from the blueline what so ever

- Pathetically inept power play

I don't know if it is the players or the coach. I can't help but think that it is both.

Maybe the problem is perched in a skybox far above the rink, puffing on a big fat cigar, continuing to prove, as he has brilliantly for over a decade now, that he hasn't even the slightest idea of how to competently perform his job.
Well, yeah, that's where the change needs to occur. I've resigned myself to the fact that Sather will be here as long as he wants, though.

FWIW, I think Stepan has been a #1 center/playmaker this season, and I think the lack of offense from the D directly correlates to Tortorella's 'system'. They don't get points because the puck never gets back to the point, and when it does, they don't shoot. Any defenseman can shoot, and the ones we have aren't even poor in that facet, aside from Girardi, they just need to get it to the net. The lack of a #1 catalyst on the D does sting (pun?), though.

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