So let me say this again. He continues to make mistakes in his own zone, take stupid penalties while not putting up points then he'll be benched.
I never once said bench him because of last night's performance alone.
Let me say this again: he has been better in his own zone than Jordan Eberle. He's also been better in the other team's zone than Jordan Eberle.
You can be as grammatically correct as you'd like to be but if you advocate benching Nail Yakupov for any period of time and you don't advocate benching Jordan Eberle, you are on an irrational witch hunt.
P.S. You see that English isn't my first language.
Let me say this again. He has been better in his own zone than Jordan Eberle. He's also been better in the other team's zone than Jordan Eberle.
You can be as grammatically correct as you'd like to be but if you are advocate benching Nail Yakupov for any period of time and you don't advocate benching Jordan Eberle, you are on an irrational witch hunt.
Ah yes....we are now on the 'benching' bandwagon. Excellent. Expect one of these threads after each loss, might be a different player but they will come out in spades because we all know it is about 'accountability'.
If you are an 18 or 19 year old player and making mistakes and we all have to 'be patient about the rebuild' then you play them, teach them and live with the mistakes. Vets who are just playing terrible should be benched because they are not better than their replacements.
As for defense.....I was alarmed by Kruegers comments before this last game indicating that it was the forwards fault we got owned in Columbus. The same forwards that are dead last by a mile in even strength goals.
I can't wait until all the young kids really play some defense and come down low on every play, then we will really see the offense stagnate. Watching the Oilers we very rarely these days have a 3 man offensive rush when we get puck possession. At least one forward is going down deep on each play as instructed and though that supposedly helps defensive play it hurts the offense.
I'm more satisfied with this loss than I am with some of the wins we've had. Really nice to see all players on the ice giving effort and seeing an aggressive team willing to get to the dirty areas. If we played like this every night we'd make the playoffs easy.
A+. Was at the game last night, and it was by far the best they've played this year. Freaking goals against and real tough breaks and unbelievable goaltending down at the Dallas end. But tons of Grade A chances and a lot of guys playing much, much better. Kid line as great despite lack of production, Eager was a force, Belanger a beast on the dot and played well, Petry fantastic after a brutal start, and Dubby was solid despite the weirdness around him. Frustrating game to lose, but I saw some very good signs of a turnaround. I think Colorado is in for a bit of hurt on Saturday.
And that was a terrible suggestion, given he was one of the best players on the ice last night.
i'm not going to get down on the kid too much, but c'mon...Yak was easily one of the worst players last night.
just a brutal game from him...he contributed nothing, except helping Jagr add to his NHL goal tally.
But I don't think benching Yakupov or Eberle is going to do much to solve our scoring woes.
If we want our offense to improve we need to improve our defense. We need to bring in another bottom pairing guy and a top pairing guy. You swap out Nick Schultz and Ryan Whitney for Keith Yandle and Cody Franson and I guarantee our whole lineup produces more. I dunno why Tambo brought in a Smid clone to help improve our d, while trading out a good two way d. Theres only enough room for one d man like Smid in the top 6.