Everyone hates on the defense, but honestly, I feel that all the players are putting in tremendous effort and are really being expected to do more without Markov. They are being stretched to the limits by Martin, and yes they make the occasional turnovers, and get out of position, but overall I find their play admirable. Guys like Hamrlik and Spacek are so old, but holding up the best they can. After Christmas, we need to make defense a priority and get a true number 1 or 2. Somebody that can be a steadying influence, to support these guys.
I think we have a fantastic team, and one that deserves every opportunity to win, because I really feel this team is capable of it. Gauthier needs to be aggressive and pursue a top man. Regehr was suggested earlier, Bieksa would be a decent option, Kaberle would be great as well. I just want somebody to take the pressure off the Czechs and the rookies.
I also find the work of the forwards quite admirable as well. We have a good "team defense," and guys are committed to come back and contribute.
Ugly but hey, I'll take it. The slump probably isn't over but we aren't doomed yet.
The problem with the defense is without Markov, we don't have any elite talent to lead the line. Hamrlik can do it but when he plays too much his slowness catches up with him, same with Spacek. Gorges and Gill aren't good with big minutes either, and Picard and Weber cannot play against top lines. None of these guys are bad defenders and don't deserve the heat they are getting, but they are overmatched at times.
Good games from Pleks and Gomez, and Price grew as it went on.
there. A member of the organization spoke to La Presse about Subban.
«Parce que vous êtes en train d’en faire un monstre, a lancé un autre membre de l’organisation lors d’un récent entretien avec La Presse. Oui, P.K. a un talent fou, mais il faut qu’il apprenne à bien l’utiliser. Et en ce moment, il gaspille ce talent en tentant de tout faire seul. Et le pire dans tout ça, c’est que vous l’encouragez dans cette démarche en l’adulant comme vous le faites. Il y a de quoi être mêlé.»