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11-01-2013, 04:28 PM
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The problem is Dallas Eakin is the wrong coach for this team. You don't bring in a rookie coach and expect to win. The core group is all about skill and no toughness. Guys like Hall, Erberle, RNH, Yakupov are all offense first players. You have a guy like Eakins putting RNH and Erberle on penalty kill and say learn on the job. Kinda like putting an accountant in a biology science research job and expect him to do well without any research background. Lars Eller of the Canadiens said he is a rookie coach and we are playing a minor league system.

Many years ago Quebec/Colorado went through the same situation with too many talent on the team like Sakic, Forsberg, Sundin, Ricci, Nolan etc they had no goalie and no toughness. What did they do? They traded Mats Sundin for Wendel Clark who was later traded for Claude Lemieux who was an important player in Colorado's cup run. They then traded Nolan for Ozanlish who was a #1 defenseman. They the got Patrick Roy. Ray Bourque, added Rob Blake and the rest was history.

Fast forward to Edmonton now, its like trading Yakupov for Letang, Erberle for Perry. Still need a goalie and sign some vets. This team is too young and inexperience to win anything.

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