I can't believe what's happening. We have a good team on paper. Cole was supposed to bring something we badly missed. I really believed in this team and now... I don't know... I can't belive they won't win a couple in a row very soon.
We do not have a bonifide scorer on this team. We have a lot of good complementary players but that is all. As a result, we shoot a lot but they do not go in
Those words completely sum up what I have thought of this team for the last 3 years. Sure we are all homers when it comes to our guys, but when you watch other teams play it lets you see objectively just how average our team is. If its the coach, then it has been every coach for the last 18 years, it isn't always. It is the personell on the ice which have been drafted/signed by management that is the problem.
I was hoping for W-L-L-L-FIRE! and now my plans might be changed.
That said, the reason that Markstrom looks so good is because this team takes weak, bad-angle shots off the rush that any goalie can save. And pro-JM people bring up shots-for stats as if they're doing anyone a favor denying the truth.
Agreed.. Gainey is a big part of this mess. Those not able to understand that are just trying to shield him.
You think Gauthier is just pretending to be GM and Gainey's running the show? I don't think that at all. Why would he have stepped down if he was still running the show. He's an advisor, meaning that Gauthier makes plans and makes deals and then he contacts Gainey and asks "Do you think this is a good idea?"
Those of you who think Gainey is still directing the team are very naieve.
As for why this team sucks, it's a big combination of things but don't blame Gainey, or even Gauthier for that matter. I believe the biggest fault is that of Martin. He's the one who implements this system that the habs can't seem to get working. He's the one who wants us to play boring defensive hockey when we've got an exciting group of fast players. Gauthier can sign and trade for all the tough guys he wants but if Martin doesn't play them what's the use?
But we can't lose this game. Just out of the question. I know this team is full of surprises but if Pac is out there is a real good chance we go to 1-8-2. If that happens the season is done. Lottery pick or bust.