The Off-Season Thread Part VI - Are we there yet? (Grabovski to Caps, 1 yr)
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08-27-2013, 01:48 PM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Land of no calls..
I dunno, BRB. I can't really fault a group of players for not buying into a system that worked for a largely different team the year before. You've said it yourself; There was a ton of roster turnover last summer. The result was a roster that simply didn't fit in with the system that worked for the last group. Torts was berating players on a daily basis for not playing a system that they just weren't suited for. Does that mean there was a team in there that was going to score 4 goals a night? No it doesn't, but there was an awful lot more talent there than he was able to cultivate.
To me, the proof is really in the power play. For all of the "we lack a REAL PPQB" talk we've seen, we were able to ice a unit with quite a bit of talent that was able to do ****-all out there on a nightly basis. A coach is supposed to address weaknesses and put his team in the best position to succeed. Tortorella was unable to do that, all while wearing out his welcome with the players. I understand it was a shortened season, but he still had several months of almost daily practices to figure out a power play that worked and he failed to do it. That's on him.
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