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Ever since Holmstrom left this team has had absolutely nobody that can consistently tip pucks in front of the net. For the last several years its either a puck goes in cleanly off the shot or the wings have a tough time scoring. Not sure what you do to fix this but not being able it tip pucks past goalies has really demolished the offense. Iwonder if its becoming a lost art, every team seems to want to score on the rush or with traffic, and no team seems to have a Holmstrom or a Smyth.

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Cleary and Abdelkader haven't done a bad job, but Homer was the best net-front player since Phil Esposito, of course we're going to miss him. We miss Lidstrom too.

Despite all that, he was only ever a complimentary player. Without Lidstrom and to a lesser extent Rafalski/Kronwall/Schneider/Murphy etc firing slapshots from the point, he wouldn't be half as effective.

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Cleary and Abdelkader haven't done a bad job, but Homer was the best net-front player since Phil Esposito, of course we're going to miss him. We miss Lidstrom too.

Despite all that, he was only ever a complimentary player. Without Lidstrom and to a lesser extent Rafalski/Kronwall/Schneider/Murphy etc firing slapshots from the point, he wouldn't be half as effective.

I agree but im not just talking about a net-front guy im talking specifically about re-directing pucks, which we suck at. It helps having more accurate defenseman but you still have to be able to tip a puck and not just block a goalies vision.

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Of course we're missing Homer. A goalie can't make a save he can't see. These goalies see everything we shoot at them. Besides most players don't have the balls Homer had to take the abuse. He was very smart. He found a niche for himself many players don't discover themselves and he has 4 Stanley Cup rings to prove it.

I miss him :(

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Holmer was a shell of his former self the last few seasons he played. Guys get old, they retire, they move on. Fans should too.

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Holmer was a shell of his former self the last few seasons he played. Guys get old, they retire, they move on. Fans should too.

There's nothing with missing a player and what he brought to the team (when he wasn't a shell of his former self). With your attitude, we might as well not celebrate hockey's past at all.

And the truth is that this team is indeed "missing" the Homer component and would greatly benefit from some form of worthy replacement.

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As time goes on it is becoming more and more apparent just how unique Homer was. There really has never been any player in hockey quite like him. Other guys have tried to screen the goalie and occasionally get slashed for it, but Homer did it night after night for something like 16 years, without ever letting the punishment -- or the risk of being beaned by a high slapper -- deter him in the least. He is one of my all-time favourite players because he was truly one of a kind.

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No one else does this:

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Notice the skates. Out of the crease.

:lol:

Definitely warrants a nose blow during the next time out. I want to boot just thinking about it.

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At this point in time, a cardboard cutout of Holmer could contribute just as much of what we're seeing.

I think you are being way to generous to what we are seeing.

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We also miss Lang, Maltby and Draper.

There's nothing with missing a player and what he brought to the team (when he wasn't a shell of his former self). With your attitude, we might as well not celebrate hockey's past at all.

And the truth is that this team is indeed "missing" the Homer component and would greatly benefit from some form of worthy replacement.

And we miss Lidstrom, and we miss Yzerman, and we miss Fedorov, and we miss Hasek, and we miss Konstantinov. Not to mention the scores of other unique and talented players who have worn the Winged Wheel.

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Holmer was a shell of his former self the last few seasons he played. Guys get old, they retire, they move on. Fans should too.

It's not about moving on, it's about what this team is missing and that type of player...HOMER!

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And we're missing the best defenseman of a generation like Lidstrom, and we're missing a power forward like Shanahan, and we're missing a big tough defenseman like Konstantinov, and we're missing a point man on the PP like Rafalski and we're missing PK's like Draper and Maltby, and we're missing a sniper like Hull and we're missing a tough guy with offensive skills like McCarty and we miss the playmaking skills of Larionov and on and on and on. With the possible exception of Datsyuk and Zetterberg, who from the past wouldn't you rather have than anyone on the current team?

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Patric Hornqvist has potential to be somewhat of a Homer-like player, if we ever made trades he might be someone to try and pry away from Nashville.

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Patric Hornqvist has potential to be somewhat of a Homer-like player, if we ever made trades he might be someone to try and pry away from Nashville.

Huh. The only trades we make are no brainers like Quincy for a first rounder.

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And we're missing the best defenseman of a generation like Lidstrom, and we're missing a power forward like Shanahan, and we're missing a big tough defenseman like Konstantinov, and we're missing a point man on the PP like Rafalski and we're missing PK's like Draper and Maltby, and we're missing a sniper like Hull and we're missing a tough guy with offensive skills like McCarty and we miss the playmaking skills of Larionov and on and on and on. With the possible exception of Datsyuk and Zetterberg, who from the past wouldn't you rather have than anyone on the current team?

Lebda

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I think Holmer retirement has been one of the most underestimated for a long time, he brought something to the table which is really hard to replace. The guy gave his back for this club, doing a tough job in the toughest areas, obviously losing the perfect human did hurt more but losing Holmer was another tough loss.

We should be glad to at least have another few more years of Z and Pasha once they are gone or heavily over the hill, the future will be shallow :(

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We should be glad to at least have another few more years of Z and Pasha once they are gone or heavily over the hill, the future will be shallow :(

I'm all about the doom and gloom and pessimism, but honestly, I feel pretty good about our future.

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Honestly, I think the biggest loss of the last 5 years has been Lidstrom (obviously), Rafalski and Stuart on the back end. For all the crap the latter two caught for "sucking" we're only now seeing the value of players of their caliber on the back end. Having 4 quality defencemen, all of whom could move the puck, was such a huge part of the way we played. Now we're lucky if our defencemen manage to chip the puck out the zone to centre ice.

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