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02-27-2014, 01:10 AM
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armandh01
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Originally Posted by GreatKeith View Post
Oh I know it's horrible. Don't forget that Dubnyk was actually playing competent that year as well and not letting in laughable goals (or at least as many). The horrible goaltending cost us at least 5 wins this year. With 8-10 more points we're not staring up at Calgary and are at least within striking distance of Nashville.

The PP and PK probably would've been pretty decent, but given the death spiral we went on after the five game win streak we probably would've sunk below Calgary. We lost 8 out of 9 games after the hope spot and in all but one of those we scored 1 goal or less. Things look a little skewed when you factor in the final two games of the season (where we pasted the Wild and the resting Canucks).

To me this team doesn't look that much different from last year. Still seeing the same stupid mistakes they've made since day one. And while that is a failure on Eakins, it doesn't say much for Krueger either. Still the same panic passes, around the walls clears, and complete inability to recognize anything in their own end.

I'm not going to say Eakins is a great coach or even better than Krueger, but you're giving the latter too much credit. Keep in mind that even with all the factors you mentioned, he also had competent goaltending. If you don't have goaltending in this league you're going nowhere.

All in all though this team is still a complete fail from top to bottom, from Taylor Hall to Ryan Smyth, there really is almost no reason to be optimistic about next year regardless if Eakins is still here or not. It really would be nice to have a Weber or a Doughty in the pipeline somewhere. A Crosby would also be nice.
He had competent goal tending because his system wasn't letting the other team dance their way to within 5 feet of the goalie for prime scoring chances at every given moment. Dubnyk still let in plenty of stupid goals last year behind a lesser defense squad (in theory anyway).

Krueger wasn't fantastic (honestly not that better than Renney) but he also had a lot less to work with and that imo is a significant point to be made. They did slip at the end though, so who knows. Long term imo Krueger would of been the superior choice. But that is speculation and remains to be seen. Maybe this mini camp will jump start Eakins.


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