Any of you that think Smith is at fault for any of the goals tonight shouldn't talk about hockey, ever.
Any time you leave someone wide open in front of the net you should expect a goal. Heaven forbid Smith can't stop a puck that gets deflected twice from the point or a redirect from a guy standing by himself at the top of the crease. Luongo wouldn't have stopped those and I heard he doesn't suck.
Do you guys really think that EVERY GOALIE since 2004 has just sucked? It's a system gap, a coaching and a personnel issue at defense... Which has yet to be addressed through two owners and three head coaches. Hopefully the new owners will finally fix this issue by bringing in a qualified coach(for once) and cutting the dead weight.
...but then again I'm talking to you experts that thought the problem was Vrbata too right? The guy that before and after the "year" with the Lightning was and is a 40+ point(20+ goals) guy.
Oh and don't forget the Cory Murphy love... you know the guy that played 12 games on the BEST DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE this season but still managed to be a -2... btw, he's one of TWO on NJ this year with a negative plus/minus.
Sounds like you got all the answers!! What are you doing posting on a message board?!?!?!?
You would think, but some people just don't see it. If you look at the roster and take a good look at stats and who is over/under career averages, its not pretty.
Below: (note, this is also guys who may not have deviations statistically, but have also been positionally poor, etc)
At career average statistically:
This whole team is one giant line-and-roster shuffle, and as gobolt7 (Mike Corcoran) has said before, blame goes both ways. Tocchet and Lawton both share blame and responsibility for this debacle, and the coaching ****up was just icing on the cake for Lawton to go.
You can also argue that Hedman has actually become worse as the year has gone on, is that fatigue or is that coaching? Considering its 73 games now and when we are on D the whole team ignores anyone that doesnt have the puck, I'm starting to wonder.
We need Foster on the PP but he is such a defensive liability he should be playing 4th line Winger.
Bochenski has the offensive skills of 3rd lineer but the defensive IQ of highschooler, he should have been sent back down to Norfolk.
I'll said it in another thread. Tochet is now dealing with what every other team has had to deal with, injuries and playing some of the tougher teams. When this season all evens out, this team may be a lottery team and it doesn't have lottery team talent.
Most importantly, with Lawton and Tochet's job on the line it doesnt seem like the team really cares.
With some of the talent this team has already, I could see it being a very attractive job for a good GM and Coach.
Oh c'mon, it's not like the rumour is going to come from down south here right? They'd rather have a team in Nunavut than to have one in the southern states!
You must not have been around for the Stamkos draft (long time lurker here!). The LA fans were absolutely enraged. Apparently there never was a more blatant tank job in the history of the NHL. But they made out ok with Doughty, after all he's way better than Stamkos anyway
Just have to ignore it anyway. We'll always be tanking or we just got lucky or we're moving to Winnipeg. Lecavalier is being traded for a load of garbage players. We're ruining Stamkos. We don't deserve a team. We don't have snow...we're not like Canada.....everything is always better up north.....blah blah blah same ol same ol