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04-24-2013, 11:32 AM
Et le But
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I see no correlation between the limited viewings of JJ on CH24 and the habs current rough patch.
I think anyone who has actually played some form of competitive hockey would agree what he's doing on the show is actually impressive, showing a player midgame with video evidence what he is doing wrong and how to correct it (especially the PK incident where he tried to hit a guy mid puck battle instead of retrieving the puck) is the best way to help a dman improve his play.
3 of our top 4 dman are either hurt (Emelin) or playing awful Hockey (Markov & Gorges). Markov looks done, he cant win a board battle or contain his man anymore, pretty much a PP specialist at this point. Gorges looks lost out there and his decision making has become atrocious, he acutally played a team low (for dman) of 15 minutes last night.
Unfortunately PK cant play 60 mintues a game but Im willing to bet he'll be playing close to 30 during the playoffs
All that being said JJ is responsible for the PK and that is something that has to be rectified or were toast in the post season.
I find it hard to judge how much responsibility JJ has for the overall play of the defense, but he was hired with the reputation as a defensive "teacher", and to blame him (at least entirely) on the current defensive breakdown isn't entirely fair, especially when the teams overall schemes have been leaving the D exposed.
But if he's responsible for the trainwreck of a PK then it's hard to judge his job this year that positively. I don't blame him for the past week though.
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