Clifford is going to be an exceptional player for us for a long time. The best way to handle him is to keep him playing in a position where he can excel and giving him a shot here and there at where you want him to end up so that he knows what it will take to get there.
The worst thing we can do is rush him or any other kid into situations that could damage their long term game.
I also agree that we aren't getting anywhere near enough for our touted vets. When Smyth got his 20th I thought that he might slow down, so far it looks like he has.
Actually it is Simmonds, Handzus and Poni that are letting down the Kings. The third line has been horrible all season with helping the offense. The top two lines have been pretty good this season. The 4th line has been chipping in enough too.
It's the third line and the PP that is costing the Kings the playoffs.
As a goaltender your taught to always keep your stick on the ice no matter what. If Bernier performed his fundamentals as everyone claims hes so great at then he woudl have stopped that breakaway by Benn that slid right through the gapping hole between his legs.
Hey I'm a fan of Bernier, but I'm not delusional. Quick is the better goalie, and he should have been in this game.
Put it this way: How would you like it if the Coyotes played Bryzgalov vs the Blue Jackets one night and then put in LolBarbera vs the Ducks in the next game?
Zues and Smyth sure have been disappointments to me at times this season. Poniboy is what I knew he would be when we signed him so no surprises there. Simmonds alone has played well enough but his play is also one of the reasons that I continue to point my finger at our head coach.
No way. I love him but he looked way too overmatched for third line play before this game, now we ask this kid to contribute in a second line role? Now? He might be playing too many minutes in that third line role at this moment. Either Smyth should start doing his job or you stick Brown or Poni up there. Not the kid. He had a great game but let's not overreact.
Yeah but then that weakens the Simmonds like which actually played really well tonight.
They just cannot keep sending Smyth out there. They just can't he is just awful. I realize he is a well respected veteran but he is three steps behind every play in all three zones. Eventually it was going to catch up with the Kings and it certainly did tonight.
I know the guy has great hands and smarts around the net, but frankly with as little as we score we cannot overcome defensive plays like he made tonight or the stick penalties he takes because he can't keep up with anyone.
Stick him on the PP and let him play a little bit on the 4th line. He can't be counted on to do much else.
He was on the ice for every single ****ing goal against, and he was the main reason why Dallas scored on our own Power Play. That pass was one of the stupidest things I've seen all year. He should get berated by Murray for even attempting that **** up one.
After his terrible game against the Canucks where he embarrassed himself and got kicked out, he follows it up with this crap. He doesn't deserve anywhere near the amount of money he probably thinks he is worth.
We got a point, but now we have to play a better team than the Stars on the road.
Bernier isn't the reason we lost, but Quick is our #1.