The key word there is Hasek who put up the greatest goalie seasons of all time under Ruff. Also, Buffalo rode some incredibly talented offenses in the post lockout years that we simply have never had the luxury of having.
I imagine Richards (last years, at least) Gaborik, Nash, Hagelin, Stepan, and Callahan can at least be coached to attempt to duplicate what that offense did.
That being said, IF we're replacing Torts I don't think I want it to be Ruff.
Lundqvist has been playing very awkward the past few games. Figured he's nursing a injury or something and thought Biron would start. Guess not.
If the team would allow him to see the puck once in a while while they do something that is supposed to look like shot blocking, perhaps he wouldn't look as "shaky" (pucks go in without Hank barely reacting to the shot). Vision isn't overrated. Having his D clear the crease and take care of rebounds would also help.
We're 5th in GA/ G in the league and 28th in GF/ G. If we could score more than 1 goal/ game (1,16) in the last 6 games, perhaps fans wouldn't ask of Lundqvist to get a shutout so we can win in regulation. We've played terrible offense and far from perfect defense. There are limits how much you can ask of one guy when it comes to success, regardless how spoilt this team might be when it comes to Lundqvist.
If we can't score, we can't win. If this offense isn't fixed and we by some miracle get into the playoffs, we're toast when other teams tighten down their defense. If we lead after the 1st period, we have a 85% chance of winning. It's pretty clear which part of the game that is the huge problem with this team, because we can never get that lead.
I'm not trusting him. Dude's been playing like he eats edibles before every game this season.
Yeah, as bad of a feeling as I have about him though I'm still trying to stay as positive as i possibly can that he'll at least show some signs of life soon and maybe step it up just a tad bit to help make a playoff push. Gahh I hope he does. He's got skills, experience, and leadership, and all of those are great for any team to have, unfortunately, with every passing game he makes it harder for me to maintain this positivity.
I loved the signing, don't understand what's been prohibiting him from playing like he did at the end of last year or when he was with the Stars. He just looks so lost sometimes. And its not all physical either, like how slow he skates. He just makes horrendously boneheaded decisions sometimes which I don't even understand. I thought he was supposed to be experienced enough not to make those plays. Guess not.
The thing that frustrates me the most is not only with him but Gaborik as well. If they get even a little bit challenged they throw the puck blindly to whoever or wherever. It's like the kid who played football who didn't want to be tackled so when he spotted someone running up to him he tossed the ball willy nilly just to avoid contact.