Thread: Speculation: Has Adam Oates Been Fired Yet????
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12-12-2013, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by g00n View Post
That's one. This season only. Through December 12th. Anyone else? How solid were the d-lines under BB and Hunter? Was there ever a true 1-2 pairing?
Calzner has always been their best bet. Carlson was a stud last year (at even-strength anyway).

GMGM has never sufficiently addressed the blueline overall but this team isn't a Jay Bouwmeester or even a Duncan Keith away from being legit. Not under Boudreau, Hunter or Oates. They would still very likely be plagued by poor decision-making and a lack of timing/cohesion. Sure, it never hurts to stack the blueline and ideally the top four should be improved but on a systematic level they've never been close to as disciplined and cohesive as they need to be. Hunter made that choppiness into an artform but the root issues weren't addressed. Maybe with more time and further changes they would have been. Thus far under Oates it's hard to say he's really dug in and made a fundamental impact. The constant learning on the job hires are unforgiveable.

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