Pray tell, what sort of philosophy might one construct with this hodgepodge of a roster?
The philosophy was in place before the roster got here. Lean on 13 and 40 (and 55 to an extent) to be the deciding factor, and use rangy defensive forwards to suck the life out of the rest of the game.
Cleary, Bertuzzi, Franzen, Samuelsson, Abdelkader, Miller, Eaves are all here instead of other players as specific parts of Babcocks system. Different system different players.
-More money, tax free
-Can actually communicate well and speaks the language fluently. I know Dats is a well liked guy, but it must be hard to express himself when he still doesnt speak english fluently and we literally have NO other Russians for him to shoot the **** with.
-Gets to be near his daughter after him and his wife's divorce
Glad I'm not the only one to notice. They have no one playing the boards. 3 forwards standing in the middle of the ice, watching the two D skate back and forth fighting to win the puck (and looking silly in the process)
It's tempting to blame it on Emmerton, cause he's the rookie..But Miller and Cleary were lost.