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10-21-2013, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by SERE 24 View Post
I don't buy this AT ALL. This is like one of those popular conspiracy theories out there that gets repeated all the time simply because it can't be disproved. What do you guys think a coaches "system" is? I played competitive hockey my entire life, including in college, and "the system" a team plays has much more to do with how you set up to break out of the zone once you've gained control of the puck, or whose responsibility the dump in is and who covers the slot. It's not a computer program. It's not an incredible, complex alien language that alters everything about how you play the game. You still do all of the fundamental things exactly the same way as you always have. Systems don't change how you defend a two on one or whether you pay attention to back door plays. They don't require to learn a new way of defending when the attackers comes at you one on one. Systems just have to do with HOW a team sets up. Think of it as a compilation of set plays that you try to continuously incorporate throughout the game, but you adapt just like your normal, fundamental hockey skills and instincts would dictate you should when the plays don't work the way they're practiced. You don't change the way you defend as an individual, you're just looking to get into the proper breakout for your "system" once you regain the puck. You don't neglect to pick up the back door play, you just have to know whose responsibility it is. Sure... I'm positive it gets a lot more in depth and complicated in the pro game, but these guys have all played NUMEROUS other systems throughout their life; learning a new system simply is NOT rocket science and it doesn't take MONTHS to learn. That is an absolute fairy tale in my opinion. We'll see in December, if the team magically "gets it" and becomes masters of Vigneault's algorithms and formulas, but I honestly can't believe how much is being made of "the system" in the search for an excuse for this team's play so far this year. It's like "system" is a new buzz word for NHL fans. A few years back you never would have even heard people talking about this kind of junk.
I guess you wwere a forward, 'cause there ARE different defensive strategies...

But I agree with you 80%. Guys, they're not learning anything. This is by-design--like him or not, Sather knows better than to start a season relying on guys like Pouliot and Zuccarello. Most of the roster is in a contract year. It's looking more and more like we're gonna blow it up at the deadline, get a top 5-10 pick and start a re-build. Hopefully a REAL one. I'm hoping Sather just woke up and decided that, 'cause it'll benefit is eventually.

I could be wrong, we'll wait till we're healthy, but not even Sather would think we could compete with the amount of question-marks we had coming into the season. Is Stepan legit? Is Brassard? Is Zuccarello? Can Pouliot be like Brassard? Can Del Zotto be better? Can Kreider be anything? Is Staal's eye really ok? Can Richards bounce back? How long will it take Cally and Hags to come back? A lot of the answers are still uncertain and looking to be negative ones. We knew this.

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