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05-06-2013, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
It's not a great team on based purely on offense:
  • Nash is the only legit top line player.
  • Stepan needs to repeat this year's production and play before I put him in that category.
  • Hagelin is not a top line player on a Cup contender.
  • I love Callahan, but he's not a top 3 player either.
  • Richards is on the downside of his career.
  • Zuccarello is still an unknown entity who still has not played a full NHL season's worth of games.
  • Brassard has shown flashes which is nice. But it also means he's in consistent.
  • I don't feel like I have a good grasp on what Dorsett is, but to pencil him in on the third line is presumptuous.
  • Clowe has seen his production go down each of the last three seasons.
  • The fourth line is devoid of offense.

So, no it's not a great team based on offense.
You said it much more concisely than I did. I fully understand why people are mad at Tortorella. But most of the complaints are that hes holding back this talented team that is just waiting to break out offensively with a few system tweaks. Its total fiction. They are lying to themselves.

Secondly, these same tired arguments sound awfully familiar to the ones that were wrong in 2009 at the end of Renney's tenure.

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