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Rangers name Alain Vigneault head coach - Part II
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06-16-2013, 09:05 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
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--dmen jumping up in the rush became a Canucks hallmark after Mike Gillis was hired and he and AV had a long heart-to-heart about making the team more offensive. Offence from the defense was a big part of the Canucks' goal totals the last few seasons. Encourages pinching (unless your name's Ballard).
--Unfortunately, gap control for zone exits got really troublesome the last couple of years. I don't know how much of it was the coaches not managing to get their strategies to the players and how much was the players just spacing out and not retaining information, but in the rush to create offence, the forwards tended to leave the zone too early. The result is a lot of the time, you're looking at a lone dman sitting in his zone, staring anxiously up ice trying to find someone to pass to.
--The Canucks Army article is very informative. Great AV primer.
--Also something that got annoying: his defensive zone scheme always assumed the other team played like the Canucks do. Very, very rarely would you see man-to-man coverage; far more often than not they try to defend against the pass instead of pressuring the man. And then in the offensive zone, they again assume the other team will do the same thing, then find themselves mashed up against the wall before they can make a pass.
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