I still don't agree with anything krueger did at my time of posting in this thread.
We shouldn't sit on leads by benching our best offensive players for petrel/brown/smyth, but krueger has been winning me over lately with his non stop offensive strategy.
Like last night, instead of sitting on the lead in the third, at any point, he just kept rolling the lines, and getting the scorers out there. Its like he's realizing, when teams are gooning it up against us, our only defence to that is to make them pay on the scoreboard, over and over, so thats what he let them do. If they want to try and intimidate us with their physicality, we need to intimidate them with our ability to score, by never letting off the pedal.
Perhaps he's learned how this team should be run, or perhaps the team has really given into what he's preaching finally, but i am pleased with how things are going right now, and i hope everyone keeps doing what they're doing, especially krueger.
New coach has to learn as well. He may have coached in the past or assisted but it isn't the same as running the show. He has said he has made mistakes and is continually learning. He's doing pretty good imo even if he has had some gafs.
Didn't Krueger say something like they've only had 14 practices this season (on After Hours with Hrudey and Oake)
Between the condensed schedule and the PA making it sound like a 2 hour practice is a 15 hour day that's probably the norm across the league. Which sucks when you have such a young team with many areas to work on.
You mean by waking up out of his slumber and putting the kids back together again and actually learning not to try and protect a 1 goal lead and learning the value of a puck mover like whitney even with his foibles?
The kids sucked for games on end and needed to be broken up. It was a good move and well deserved. As for protecting leads, it's more the team getting comfortable with the system finally. If you're going to dump on the guy when they stunk, then credit should be given when it's reversed. And considering the amount of people that predicted them to be a lottery team once again this year, and the holes still evident in the lineup, I'd say he's done a pretty dammed fine job so far. As for Whitney, he was horrible at the start of the year and had an attitude problem. Once he decided to reign it in and play within the system, things have gone much better for him, and the team.
Hopefully some of the clowns found out that calling for a firing of a coach 3-4 weeks into his initial year was rather knee jerk and simplistic, given what's transpired.
Always supported him and think he is one of the best coaches in the league.. Ive been attacked by many due to this..
The only time I didnt like him was when he benched Yakupov after he layed a couple good hits getting the crowd into the game and creating pressure..
His benching of Yak in the 3rd may be the best thing that happens to Yak in the long run..
Bet get benched now and work on your reliablity when you 19yo rookie than when you are a superstar in your prime (ala Ovy in WSH)
Yak has made good strides and has become semi-reliable already..
I still don't like the man-on-man defensive system
this. how many freaking times do we end up with 2 dman on the same side of the ice when there is a 2v2 coming into our zone. its ********, all the opposition has to do is crossover eachother, and suddnely one of their forwards is completely unmarked, like magic.
even if our D play it well (which more difficult than staying your lane) they can still run into each other as though they are setting a pick.