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12-11-2013, 08:14 AM
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Theres blame to go all around, but Im glad most people are FINALLY coming around on the notion that this is/has been primarily a roster and personnel issue. AV is a competitor at heart. He wants to win games. Hes not going to let the grandiose sweet talking from the executive suite hinder roster realities for too much longer. Like Tortorella before him, and Renney before him, this team will need to clamp down because offense isn't exactly the rosters' strong suit.

Theres 3 main on the ice issues as I see it:

1. Lacking offensively dynamic players. Theres Nash, thats it. And Ive got serious problems with his compete level on a nightly basis.

2. Compete level - the entire team is dormant. They are caught between systems and philosophies. Ive never seen a system where taking the body and playing a gritty game was a bad thing, however.

3. Man to man defense - sheesh, this has been a real issue. Its a constant stream of turnovers, stick checks, and missed assignments in the defensive zone. Lundqvist hasn't played well, but hes also been subjected to many more high quality scoring chances because of a defensive system meant to spring the rush - A RUSH THAT NEVER LEADS TO ANY OFFENSE ANYWAY!

Im most concerned about #2. That isn't a switch you just turn on or off, although Sather did his best to turn it off.

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