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10-25-2013, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ResilientBeast View Post
But if he used out top offensive guys against weaker lines maybe we could have taken more control of the game.

We need to be doing that, because right now our kids aren't strong enough to go toe to toe. We need to hit their weaker lines with everything we can throw at them. Pile the shots on, tire the goalie out, make the other team play on their heels. Instead of going toe to toe getting beat and giving up quality chances.

That's what we were doing last year and it worked, we improved. Krueger got that team out of last place flittered with the playoffs but cooled off. He should not have been fired, maybe have Eakins come in as an assistant to see what happens. But the first coach to get us out of the bottom 2 spots in 3 years did not deserve to be fired.

Eakins style works in the AHL, because those players aren't as skilled, and swarming the puck carrier will lead to mistakes amongst less competent players. At the NHL it's clear it's not working. Whatever Krueger was doing is better than what Eakins is doing now. We went from 29th to 23rd with Krueger, our team is improved. Better third line center, more serviceable defensemen who knows what our powerplay would be doing with a healthy Nuge and whatever plan Krueger was using.

Our powerplay was clicking, our penalty kill was humming along. So it's not the team on that front it's the coaching staff.
Kruger's team was a lot worse than the one that finished 29th the year before by every measure save their spot in the standings. It's quite possible that, over a full season, they would have been down in the basement again.

Eakins is putting his mark on his team with a new system. That takes time. He's dealing with injuries to key players. That's out of his hands. Hasn't all been roses, but there are some signs of progress. Rome was not built in a day or even 10 games.

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