This situation, to me is where we see just how good our coaches are. Returning a championship team to form the next year is the ultimate coaching challenge.
That part is related to coaching staffs but we just simply cannot make our guys to be motivational as the last season. That's why we have to bench or send down our slumping players to the AHL; which can remind every player that they can be sent down in any time.
Like Kopecky, Draper, Maltby, they are doing nothing this season. 4th checking line's role is sparing the time for the 1,2,3rd liners, and this is the only thing that our 4th liners are doing this season. They have to play physically and not robbed by opponents all on the ice.
The only guy who is playing good pretty much every game as a defense is Lilja. He wants more ice times and capture the important places of this team. Lidstrom is not playing as last season and his prime but we have to know he is 38 right now and he is still one of top 5 defenses in the league.
However, we just cannot trade some guys for new motivation. We know Kronwall was supposed to be impressive this season but he has not been so far. It is very hard to trade him because he still has potential to be better and because of his offensive skill.
Edited by Wingsallwin, 01 February 2009 - 12:01 AM.