Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.
Coach: Peter Laviolette
Assistant coach: Dave Tippett
Kevin Stevens - Mario Lemieux (C) - Sergei Makarov
Michel Goulet - Joe Thornton - Joe Mullen
Brenden Morrow - Doug Risebrough - Terry O'Reilly
Ryan Smyth (A) - Murray Oliver - Kevin Dineen
Ryan Walter, Kent Nilsson
Guy Lapointe (A) - Marcel Pronovost
Pat Stapleton - Ted Harris
Bert Corbeau - Rob Ramage
Head Coach: Punch Imlach Asst Head Coach: Joe Primeau Captain: Phil Esposito
Assts: Pierre Pilote, Doug Bentley
Doug Bentley - Phil Esposito - Hooley Smith
Dany Heatley - Denis Savard - Larry Aurie
Rick Nash - Pierre Turgeon - John MacLean
Jan Erixon - Orland Kurtenbach - Mike Keane
F Peter McNab, LW Georges Mantha
Pierre Pilote - Bill White
Joe Hall - Babe Pratt
Rod Seiling - Shea Weber
Phil Esposito - Denis Savard - Hooley Smith
Pierre Pilote - Doug Bentley
Dany Heatley - Pierre Turgeon - Larry Aurie
Shea Weber - Babe Pratt
Penalty Kill 1:
Orland Kurtenbach - Jan Erixon
Rod Seiling - Bill White
Penalty Kill 2:
Mike Keane - Hooley Smith
Pierre Pilote - Joe Hall
Captain: Bobby Clarke
Alternates: Dale Hawerchuk, Frantisek Pospisil
Dave Balon - Bobby Clarke - Marian Hossa
Aurel Joliat - Dale Hawerchuk - Mark Recchi
Jay Pandolfo - Steve Kasper - Joe Klukay
Eric Staal - Ryan Getzlaf - Todd Bertuzzi
Tom Anderson, Jason Allison, Rick Meagher
Earl Seibert - Frantisek Pospisil
Jim Neilson - "Bullet" Joe Simpson
Don Awrey - Jack Laviolette
Tom Anderson, Gilles Marotte
Frank "Mr Zero" Brimsek
Marian Hossa - Bobby Clarke - Todd Bertuzzi
Dale Hawerchuk - Joe Simpson
Aurel Joliat - Ryan Getzlaf - Mark Recchi
Eric Staal - Jack Laviolette
Jay Pandolfo - Steve Kasper
Earl Seibert - Frantisek Pospisil
Bobby Clarke - Joe Klukay
Jim Neilson - Don Awrey
PK Extras: Marian Hossa, Eric Staal
#16 - Bobby Clarke, Center
#49 - EarlSeibert, Defense
#82 - Aurel Joliat, Left Wing
#111 - Frank Brimsek, Goalie
#144 - Dale Hawerchuk, Center
#177 - Frantisek Pospisil, Defense
#208 - Mark Recchi, Right Wing
#241 - Marian Hossa, Wing
#272 - Jim Neilson, Defense
#305 - Joe Simpson, Defense
#336 - Joe Klukay, Wing
#369 - Fred Shero, Coach
#400 - Dave Balon, Left Wing
#433 - Eric Staal, Forward
#464 - Jack Laviolette, Defense
#497 - Steve Kasper, Center
#528 - Todd Bertuzzi, Wing
#561 - Don Awrey, Defense
#592 - Tommy Anderson, LW/D
#625 - Ryan Getzlaf, Center
#656 - Vladimir Dzurilla, Goalie
#689 - Jay Pandolfo, LW
#720 - Jason Allison, C
#753 - Rick Meagher, C
#784 - Gilles Marotte, D
I built this team attempting to suit and take advantage of Paul Coffey to a large degree. He is not going to be hidden on this team, we are going to try to force our opponents to hide from him.
To do so I've drafted a coach that didn't buy into the trap during the dead puck era and who liked to roll lines for the most part and occasionally match against an important opponent player or line. (Pat Quinn). I feel we have given him the horses to do this with three defensively responsible scoring lines that will be able to take advantage of Coffey and support our own zone, and one gritty more defensively oriented line that can be used to somewhat blunt an opponents best attackers when need be.
I feel Quinn is a little bit light in the X's and O's game so I have given him a master strategist in John Muckler. Muckler was the game planner who got the most out of Coffey in Edmonton.
We will be an attacking team, high speed, up tempo, all out, all the time.
To be successful with this strategy I did a couple of things very carefully:
1) We won't be in the box often. We have several Lady Byng winners on our team, including one of our biggest physical presences in Johnny Bucyk. We want to minimize the time we're in the box. That having been said, to make sure we don't get run out of the rink we do have Bucyk, Adams, Bridgman, Coulter etc. to keep the peace. I also drafted Probert so that he can be inserted into the lineup if a team is getting out of hand in the playoffs and he and Bridgman can introduce the other team to the virtues of a clean game.
2) We are specialized so that all our best offensive players will play only PP and ES and our best defensive-focused players will play only ES and PK. This will keep the minutes down on our big guns and let us maintain our tempo. Only Si Griffis is playing both special teams and he is a second pairing at ES and second team PK.
3) Speed. With players like Sakic, Barry, Mosienko, Richards, Gaborik, Coffey, Griffis, Baker and on and on.. I tried to pick speed whenever it was feasible to take full advantage of being able to streak from transition with Coffey's long passes.. or just keep up with him on the rush.
4) I tried to make sure we had a rushing speedy defenseman on each pairing. Coffey is paired with an anchor in Coulter. Baker is paired with a defensive anchor in Hajt. Our second pairing features two two-way defenseman so they will take turns. The point being that our team has the capability of playing the same all the time.
5) We have goaltenders who were known for having a good attitude and shrugging off their personal numbers for team success. Which will be important when we're trading chances a lot of the time.
Last edited by BraveCanadian: 03-20-2012 at 07:57 AM.