Draw your own conclusions.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I'm not a negative guy.
I don't believe in kneejerk decisions.
Eric Duhatschek said last night that Mactavish would be given a year to work with this club, that he was not in any danger of losing his job.
I think MacT is a good coach. I know some people disagree but you cannot separate good from bad and say the good was luck and circumstance while the bad was the measure of the man. And he's done some good, just as recently as last winter, not to mention the obvious, 2006.
I think only the blindest figured this team to roll through the Western Conference this season. I think that the return of Horcoff, Moreau, Pisani and Souray and the additions of Visnovsky and Cole does offset the losses of Pitkanen, Stoll and Reasoner and the fact that the shooting percentage of the kids last spring was unsustainable. This team is not a great team but they are a better team then they have shown so far.
I think that their present record might be acceptable due to their ridiculous schedule if we had not seen or heard about a single game.
I think that the three headed goalie is management's fault.
I think that having another veteran or two is always a good idea. Once again this is management's fault.
I think that Curtis Glencross is proving that he is a pretty good hockey player and this team misses him. That loss is management's fault.
I think management is once again trying to have their cake and eat it too by making MacT develop players while trying to compete for a playoff spot.
I think that Steve Staios has lost a step.
I think that playing Cole, Pisani, Penner and Smid out of position is the coach's fault.
I think that the insistence on playing Strudwick over Smid is a bad decision.
I think that the shot Liam Reddox blocked last night is one of the first I have seen by a Oiler penalty killing forward in a long time.
I think that whatever the underlying numbers show that Horcoff and Cole (both who I really like) and Penner (not a big fan) need to start scoring soon. Saying that at some point they will start getting breaks isn't making a difference on the scoresheet.
The kid line got soft opposition last night and did nothing.
Gagner has done nothing.
Nilsson has done nothing.
Brodziak has done nothing.
Underlying numbers and shooting percentage and all that stuff aside these guys all did pretty well in the NHL last season and now they are ciphers out there.
Garon is a forgotten man. Why?
Why is Smid playing forward?
The only players who can be said to be having good years, really - Hemsky, Gilbert, Souray, Visnovsky, Roloson. Why so few?
After coughing up a big lead to Columbus MacT tears a strip off this club. The next night they go down 5-0 to the Pens.
Penner and Brodziak get benched. The team responds with a great effort. The next game against Detroit, nothing.
Their last game before an extended layoff they are down 3-0 before the game is ten minutes old.
The first game of the year they get completely outplayed.
They respond by getting completely outplayed for the first two periods by Anaheim.
They don't show up against Chicago.
They disappear against the Leafs.
Last night they were "chomping at the bit" according to Ferraro.
Moreau takes a ridiculous penalty immediately.
Only Roloson and some breaks kept them in it early.
Other then Cogliano and Gilbert nobody showed consistent energy all night.
One or two bad games are one or two bad games. Multiple games featuring lack of effort and preparedness are a pattern.
The PK is a disaster.
The PP is improved but then has games where it costs them two points - not even generating chances.
This club isn't full of guys like Bobby Clarke and Ryan Smyth. But then again neither is Detroit.
But they aren't hard on the puck.
They fail to execute basic plays.
They are easy to play against.
They have poor first periods, which speaks to being unprepared to play.
There is a lack of compete.
The majority of the team is underachieving.
This team has holes but pretty well every team has holes.
This team has a lot of youth but plenty of teams have lots of youth.
This team isn't the Detroit Red Wings but they are a better team then this.
They haven't made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons.
I'm tired of losing.
You can't fire the whole team.
Draw your own conclusions.
Posted by Black Dog at 9:24 AM