So basically unless we're up by 3 or down by 3 in the third, Yakupov's not going to see any time late in games. Seems like Ralph forgot about the big goals Yak was scoring early in the year. I could understand sheltering Yak if we were a good team and scoring lots of goals but we're neither and I'd rather have Yak give away the game trying (like Hall did the other night) then watching a bum like Smyth get pyloned for the game tying or game winning goal. It's not like anybody else is playing well either defensively so they should just go for it.
I hope they just hurry up and fire him already. I want a man to coach our team not a wuss. Play to win. Paaja-Gags-Yak was an effective line for the past few games so of course they broke it up. Getting harder to stay in love with this team each passing day.
It bugs me to read that Kreuger has a very set plan of how he's gonna use his forwards and who he's gonna play. Doesn't sound very responsive to in game dynamics. Why not just play a guy more when he's playing well? Players are inconsistent so take advantage when a guy is going. Doesn't really surprise me though given the way Kreuger handled Paajarvii when he stepped up his play but it took Kreuger several games before Paajarvii saw increased opportunity. Also I HATE that he says he has a hierarchy. That's just another way of restricting yourself Ralph. But it's okay because then you don't have to make tough decisions and can stay inside your box.
Also does Kreuger not remember Yakupov's 2 big goals at the beginning of the year at crunch time? Does he not watch how crappy Smyth plays and how slow he is?
It makes sense that Tambo would hire Kreuger seeing as Kreuger is slow to respond and overly conservative.