We obviously have to build a stronger D group, and have an actual useful 4th line.
But RC is absolutely horrible as well. I mean, I just don't get how he coaches, if you want to call it that..
Problem is that they won't do anything with that D. Subban, Gorges and Emelin are keepers. Markov comes back. Who wants Kaberle? Will they trade Diaz? Weber might go in a D'Agostini for Palushaj trade to accomodate him. But chances are you have room for 1 change. But maybe not even 1 change.
Up front....what change do you see? DD-Pac-Cole. Pleks-Bourque-Gionta. Will they move Gionta or Bourque? Obviously not. Then you have Eller, Blunden, Darche, Gomez, Leblanc, Moen, Nokelainen, Palushaj and White for the reamaining 6 spots. Who wants Gomez? If not, will they really ship him in Hamilton? I don't see this. Eller, Leblanc, Moen and White aren't going anywhere. Unless they are stupid enough to abandon already with Lars. So there are 2 spots for the rest....We all think Darche will be back. Why wouldn't they give another shot to Blunden? So at one point, this squad would remain intact minus, 1, 2 or 3 guys I wouldn't be suprised. Scary isn't it?
Habs started out strong. After 10 minutes, Florida adjusted to the Habs' chip-it-out-pass-it-ahead-dump-it-in system. Cunneyworth adjusted by telling his guys to work harder. The end.
The "lack of effort" line is going to be used again, but the problem isn't there. The problem is that the Habs simply do not play in a way where they will usefully control the puck. So they're always chasing, always getting there too late, always looking like they're doing nothing when the problem is that they're doing the wrong thing. Always the same, always simplest play, always easy to adjust to.
The team's lack of a transition game is completely, utterly sad and it's all because they don't even try. They have only one play to get it out of the zone, and once Florida took that away they were able to bottle the Habs in their own zone pretty much permanently.
Meanwhile, they don't have an offensive zone scheme that's able to prevent Florida from simply collecting their dump-in and turning it around. They just try to bang bodies down low even if the puck is long gone.
Oh, and how many pointless long pass attempts have there been? Most of those resulted in needless turnovers. I've even seen the Habs, with the puck in their zone and no pressure for once, attempt a three-line pass rather than skate with it. Predictably, it failed. It's like the stretch pass is the only way they know how to get across the neutral zone now.
Sigh. Same scenario over and over and over and over and over again. And we'll only see more of this until the season is over.
Great analysis. Personally, I don't like to lose, but I've given up on this season for quite a while. You can add to those strategic issues the psychological ones. Losing from day one, the pressure, the mentality that we had a lot of injuries, Markov didn't come back, it was like a false start, almost. And then the "let's wait and not panic" set in...
Sure, we can lose all we want and end up 29th in the league, but you know damn well that come lottery day, a team above us will win and push us back to 3rd overall.
I hope you realize that if the Habs finish 29th they have a better mathematical chance of winning the lottery and landing the 1st overall pick than any of the teams that finsh ahead of them in the standngs.
What's up with veteran player Stephen Wiese running his mouth in Budajs face after he scored.
I said it earlier in the GDT, I believe he kept yapping off because when Budaj made a glove save on Weiss in the first period, Budaj gave Weiss a look and mouthed a few words at him. Obviously Weiss didn't like it and took exception to it.