O'Byrne is terrible at puck retrieval. By far the worst on the team. He is slow and struggles to settle the puck down. Forecheckers put him under pressure all the time.
I think you and me don't have the same definition of what puck retrieval is. To me it's just getting to pucks quickly and getting ready to move it or beating opponents to 50/50 pucks. Not wrestling the puck from an opponent.
Fair enough, O'Byrne is obviously bad at anything that involves moving
I still laugh thinking about Vigneault's strategy of getting the puck to O'Byrne and then having his forecheckers block all passing lanes. In one game last year they literally surrounded him, one guy even doing a spin to avoid actually hitting him. It was a brilliant tactic that worked to a T--the Avs offense completely sputtered that night.
Still can't believe there's a guy on Twitter who says both Zanon and O'Byrne have great puck skills. I'm thinking about blocking the guy because of asinine statements like that.
He already did. It's not about merit. It's about trust. For some reason Sacco don't trust Barrie to make mistakes while having endless patience with terrible play from the scrubs.
I think the worse your possession game becomes the more you ask your defenders to clog the lanes and block shots. So using Zanon and O'Byrne reinforces the need to use Zanon and O'Byrne.
Meanwhile, in reality we have a positive shot differential with Barrie/Wilson/EJ/O'Brien on the ice and a negative one with Zanon/Hunwick/O'Byrne. Possession and offense is effective defense.
Coaches are stubborn. They have their guys and their set ways. Carlyle is doing the exact same thing as Sacco with Gardiner.
Yeah I've seen this happen this season. As soon as we start playing defensively we start losing. Mostly because of the players you mentioned. Offense has been our strongest weapon. But you can't play 60 minutes of offense either.. I wouldn't blame it all on Sacco though because it's our defensemen who keep losing the games.
You can bet he will be back to LEM as soon as Wilson is healthy again. And I really do not want to see that. Just keep him away from this "!§!"*'"§! moron named Sacco. Just pray that we have a new coach next year and than Barrie can really start fresh.
We are tanking anyways. Why make sensible moves now?
Only difference is Toronto management actually is getting thrashed by the media for not calling up Jake Gardiner, not playing John-Michael Liles, etc.
The Avs management probably focuses on how the Nuggets will play next game and asks themselves who Tyson Barrie is
That's a problem with our media. The Avs writers wold rather cry about ex players and write ****** pieces on an imaginary rift between Duchene and O'Reilly than actually focusing on the current team. The only current news we seem to get is Dater complaining about Stastny, Kizla begging for Burke to be hired (and last year saying how it's a good idea to trade Duchene), and Chambers telling us Duchene didn't invite O'Reilly to the Nuggets game.
Honestly, I'd rather give Gaunce a callup to see what he has in him at the NHL level over Barrie right now.
This team is already a complete disaster, even Barrie cant save them. I would rather Barrie stay in the AHL and get to really work on his game. But most importantly I would rather keep Barrie far away from the Clown.
Bring Gaunce up and see if his defensive game is good enough for the NHL. If its not we should ship him as well at the deadline for a pick or something.