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Everything posted by elmatus

  1. Yeah, I really think this is the only truly rational conclusion at this point. Now, I'm not sure I really blame the players either. I think they're doing the best with the tools they have. My position is just that I don't think they have the tools in the first place. AV is a fine coach. He's had plenty of success. I agree with the idea that if anyone is to blame, the brass and org seem the most logical candidates after ten years of a rebuild that never seems to end. The team isn't a vacuum either. This long period of irrelevance is not endemic to the whole league. There are absolu
  2. It's definitely not. The puzzling bit to me is that some of these guys were actually very good PP contributors at some point in their careers (Giroux being the big one here). I'm curious what it is about the current line up that feels so lacklustre in terms of PP skill. Did Giroux lose his touch, or is it the supporting cast he had during those years (e.g. Hartnell, Simmonds) was a very different type than what he has now? I'm harping on G, which might not be entirely fair, but he's definitely the biggest culprit in terms of going from that as a strong part of his game to now being
  3. I agree with this, but the earlier comment about having to get more out of picks remains important imo. It's worth noting that both can be true. It's very possible Hexy did pick really quite well given where he was picking. At the same time, it's entirely possible those picks are still not enough. They may be the best we had available (give or take), but that doesn't mean they're good enough to make a team into a contender. I've said this before, but this team is sorely lacking in real top flight talent. Giroux has had phenomenal seasons, and is definitely the closest to great we'v
  4. Ah, fair enough. My bad. I agree with this for sure. Those are not big expectations, and absolutely it should be a minimum. Part of his penalties of course is that he's been told part of what he does well is hit people, and like so many others, he's just not good at doing that without getting the stick for it. Again, we're hitting on the physicality without smarts problem, and I agree completely on that. Give me more of the smart physical guys and not just the guys who like to hit things whenever possible.
  5. Ha, who's trying to be cute? No, NAK is not and has never been a favourite of mine. I just don't think what he does or doesn't do matters all that much in the grand scheme of things. I certainly wish he were a better player, as that would clearly make the team better, but he's never been much more than what he currently is. He's playing a lesser role on an NHL team, and I'm guessing he's doing it just as well as anyone else we have available to play in that role. It's just a hard thing to measure really... I mean, it's easy enough to say we want Giroux to get say 90pts
  6. I mean... this seems an awful stretch, but okay. I don't think NAK has gotten any more rope than others on the team. He's not showing up prominently on the ice. He's not in the top six. He's part of a bottom old school energy line. The expectations for him aren't great. He just needs to make life hard for opposing lines for a shift now and again, so that players better than him can hop on fresh and work their magic. In that role, he's probably as good as really anyone else we have right now. Put another way, any games we lose are really not because of NAK. It's becau
  7. Except this is also exactly Risto, which is kind of the problem. In fact, Risto and Radko are very good comparables all around. Risto may have produced a bit more, but most of that was on the back of not playing virtually any defense and spending most of his TOI pinching in areas he really shouldn't be. Both have an awful penchant for taking awful penalties, and both play a physical game. There are far more similarities than differences between them, with the main diff probably being that Radko doesn't feel the need to prove he's more than a defenseman. Risto wants to show that he'
  8. I hope Sanheim's been working on his defensive game... a lot. As far as the second line goes, I actually think they've been playing quite well. Not much to complain about there so far. And really, Farabee and Atkinson should be at the level they are. The bright spot is more so Brassard. Hard to say if he can remain impactful as he has been in such a short timeframe, but it's been nice to see at least.
  9. I mean. I get the dislike based on his questionable body of work, but he hasn't played a game yet here. Probably best to save some vitriol for the aftermath.
  10. Sure, except he didn't have just one bad game. He had a very bad season last season. That's not me saying we need to hit the panic button either, but we're not going anywhere if he doesn't play significantly better than he did last season. Is that all his fault? Probably not, but many of his gaffes last season were really on him. He needs to be better, or this team isn't doing much of anything. Again, I'm not saying he can't be measurably better. He's very young, and has also had some very strong runs already. I'm simply saying that he *needs* to be better than last se
  11. Solid game all around. Many of those new guys looked good, which is nice to see. Hart was decent too. He had a handful of good tests and did well. This Seeler kid should just sit down. I'm not a Risto fan by any measure, but I have to think Rasmus means Seeler doesn't see ice time. I mean, Braun is no better, but I don't want two of them on the ice personally. Ellis, Cam, and Brassard all made for a nice watch. The expected trio showed up very nicely too, but I want more consistency out of them before I say much. TK seemed to remember how to play hockey again, which i
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