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JR Ewing

Todd McLellan may not survive the first month

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I really think his job is at some risk.

 

-They have a grotesque schedule to being the season/

-The team's breakout structure looks badly behind the times.

-The special teams struggled badly last season, so the assistants who ran them were fired. They hired Manny Viveiros to run the PP, and according to Bob Stauffer, McLellan himself is coaching it and not having Viveiros run things. The result is more of the same, with 5 left-handed pass-first players on the first unit trying to pass the puck into the net, and 5 right-handed shoot-first players on the 2nd unit.

 

I think the thing which would save his job is Cam Talbot playing lights-out in goal, and Connor being Connor, but this would only cover up some issues.

 

Some people might say that it's too early to think he's at risk, but it's not early; not at all. My daughter entered high school this year, and this a rebuild which covers the entire time she's been a student.

 

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Going to the press conference and extolling the virtues of Drake Caggiula, who was absolutely caved on possession (23% Corsi), was the goat on one PP goal against and then kicked another into his own net, shows a certain tone deafness, imo. It's almost as if he's trolling the fanbase.

 

 

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Deployment and strategy seem to be serious issues.

 

There are a lot of teams that are electing to sit highly priced veterans. Just off the top of my head, Shattenkirk in NY and Alzner in Montreal. Somebody please tell me why Lucic, who was sub-sub-replacement level for half a season last year, mediocre (or worse) in training camp, and awful 5v5 now for two regular season games, deserves to be in the top 6 or on the first unit PP, where there are 5 LH shots. He hasn’t been healthy scratched once during this time. It’s completely unacceptable.

 

Why did the Oilers carry the puck into the offensive zone half as much as the Devils did? The league is becoming more possession driven, and TMac is asking for more dump-ins. Why would you do that when you have guys who can actually carry the puck?

 

There are two young forwards, in Yamamoto and Puljujarvi, who look completely lost out there. One of them is playing with Lucic, and the other is looking up at Drake Caggiula’s ice-time, the only forward last year who could suppress the offence of the world’s best player. I haven’t seen a top 4 pick brought along the way JP has.

 

I'm not saying that this team should be a cup contender. Of course not. But there is no reason to not ice your best lineup, to put talented young players (whose performance this organization’s future relies upon) in positions to succeed, and to incorporate philosophies that smart teams are using to win games.

 

I just want this team to do things that make sense, but apparently even that is beyond the scope of reasonable.

 

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      I really think his job is at some risk.   -They have a grotesque schedule to being the season/ -The team's breakout structure looks badly behind the times. -The special teams struggled badly last season, so the assistants who ran them were fired. They hired Manny Viveiros to run the PP, and according to Bob Stauffer, McLellan himself is coaching it and not having Viveiros run things. The result is more of the same, with 5 left-handed pass-first players on the first unit trying to pass the puck into the net, and 5 right-handed shoot-first players on the 2nd unit.   I think the thing which would save his job is Cam Talbot playing lights-out in goal, and Connor being Connor, but this would only cover up some issues.   Some people might say that it's too early to think he's at risk, but it's not early; not at all. My daughter entered high school this year, and this a rebuild which covers the entire time she's been a student.  
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