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What a difference a year makes. Last year with the "abbreviated" 50 game schedule every game was contentious and from fans perspective highly entertaining. Back to 80+ games. Ugh. Not only that, as we all know, 9 road games in a row to start, and then 11 of the final 17 on the road as well. We close with 10 big contests like phx,calg,edm,vanc, col, otw, buf, mnt with only 2 division games being PHL and CAR.
Of course they get the revenue from the tickets and the concessions etc but man, this league could really have learned from a great year game wise in 2012-2013.....oh how i wish it were only 50, mostly in conference....
2 months ago on Coyotes 4, Rangers 1
There was a ton going on behind the curtain in this one. The Haley/Newbury activations certainly seemed to hint at one side (JT) or the other (GS) getting his way and the losing side getting upset. In either case we have lots to work with over the next few months but we must take a completely different approach to building the 2013-2014 version of this team. To win in this NHL you need size and strength, something this squad lacked. Gone are the days when Kelly Kisio types could skate around in circles...Keys to 2013-2014
In truth, rostering one or two smaller forwards should be the max. We have a plethora of small (or small playing) forwards. Hags, Cally, Zuc, Derek D, Brassard, Richards, Powe..not even to mention basically every single guy we call up from Hartford.
Cally sticks that is obvious. Brassard is an automatic too (listed at 6-1, 202??). Hagelin is a monster on the boards but we need a guy to dig out the puck and head to the net, where he has been very weak physically. Quite honestly, Hags, Zuc, DD, Richards and Powe could all be upgraded with size.
GET BIG SLAPSHOTS
Enough with forwards playing the blue line on Power Plays. They are not natural back there, they don't have instinct back there and god knows we dont have the right forward even if we were to continue to bang our heads against the wall with that strategy. We need big shots back there. If it is at the expense of some speed, so be it. The kind of guys that when they wind up all the players in the way really wince knowing one is coming their way. MDZ cant shoot, Stralman cant shoot, Emminger cant shoot, Staal, (i hate to say it) may never be the same an is only and isnt really a gun from back there. The only guy really looking to rip has been Moore and Danny G on occasion. We need 2 guns. Even though Stralman was key at skating us out of our zone, he and Emminger could go. MDZ could still flourish in a more offensive system. Again, at least get one Missle for the back line. Our power play has never been the same since Zubov left (the best we ever had running the show on the PP with BL).
UPGRADE MARTY B
Hank needed a break the final few weeks of the regular season and got none. Marty wasnt quite the guy he was the year before in his appearences. We are kind of stuck with him but eating that smaller contract might not be the worst thing. Let Talbot come up and tutor under Hank.
Spend cap money obviously on Mcdonagh and Steppan. Let the offers come in for Hags and Zuc and let them walk for comp. Put their money to use by building some more size up front. A more offensive minded system will free up our talent and replace Hags and Zuc's production. Play 2 D on the PP. Find the back line gun. Anywhere, UFA, RFA, Euro, Wolfpack, i dont care. Bring up Talbot.
Now that was easy....in writing.
6 months, 1 week ago on Who Are The Initial Candidates To Replace John Tortorella?
@McPhee37 @AnnoyingJoe This is exactly correct. Abrasive guys who shout and scream in the locker room are effective short term to wake a team up for a year or so...then it gets real old....Read about Scotty Bowman and his success...if you rant and rave every period it loses its effectivness. This team has a lot of pieces to really build something. We finally got out of the rut of buying ex great players who were on the downside of their careers...and developed youth...now we can move that model forward in what will be a very critical 2013-2014...with the right guy in place...lets hope they go the right way and get a real tactical pro back there and not another hot head.
Number 1 star this game, and the guy who gets busted on more often than not, is Torts for drilling into his teams brains not to take dumb retaliatory penalties. The Caps just seemed more interested in stirring it up in this game than scoring.....there were a few moments as there are in every game, but the head butt? come on....The Ovi crush on Mcdonagh would have put half the players in this league out for two months with a concussion. 5 minutes and a few stiches later right back at it and never looking for revenge. No one retaliated. They followed the plan to a T. Great coaching.
The closest it came was Cally's late clearing of the crease area. Still, no doubt after Boyles slash last game that JT read the riot act to these guys about retaliating. They saved and played their most disciplined game for last.
Brassard. What can we say that we have not said already. Vision, speed, super fast hands...who knew. Throw in John Moore. Lets face it. We are not facing Boston, or maybe even in the playoffs, with Marion.
A Penguin fan buddy told me when we got Asham...."you know, he can shoot the puck...." 2 HUGE goals for AA this series. HUGE.
While Nash may not have been on the score sheet, he has created room for others as they focus on him. He was more involved tonite and played a far better game. Maybe he is starting to learn about this playoff stuff.
Since game 1 the momentum in this series has been swinging...the Rangers got stronger game by game. By game 4 they looked the better team. In the end they were the better team. Faster, better passing, more mobile D, better in the nets.
This team can build off of this. I think they are coming together and are becoming dangerous. Watch out.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 5, Capitals 0
Good to get a win obviously but there is a lot of work to be done defensively. The center ice zone was wide open for the Caps to skate through just about all night long. Seemed the forwards were getting over and over again and then having to work hard on the backcheck just to keep things from being 4-2, 3-2......at least no 2-1's all game that i remember and you noticed far less pinching until the end so no doubt that was a topic of discussion before this game.
Are we even in this series with Gaborik? No. Brassard's vision on the Ashem goal was great and while it's still early, John Moore???? You just dont get guys like that in deals in the NHL READY TO PLAY.
Still we got killed on the board battles all night long. The second period was especially grueling to watch. One component of torts system that drives me nuts is how we collapse in on D and every team in the league knows if they get possession they dont even have to look, just dump it back to the wide open points....then it becomes a shot lottery.
Ashem, who always has had a good shot, makes that play....Richards.....?
Anyway need to get a whole lot better in center ice and on the boards. If we do this is a better team than Washington that should win this series.
7 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3