No amount of coaching has anything to do with Ericsson's boneheaded mistakes and inabilities. Coaching is not responsible for his failure to be physical, nor his frequent defensive screw-ups--getting caught not skating, pinching at the blue-line at terrible times, leaving players wide open in awful areas, taking stupid penalties--nor his offensive inabilities--horrible shot selection, giving up breakaways due to mess-ups in the offensive zone, general inability to produce points--nor his general laziness. That's all on him.
Couldn't agree more.
Granted McCrimmon is no defensive coach of the year, and I'm glad to see that someone new will replace him...However I've always felt the players are responsible for their actions; screw-ups, lack of physical play, etc, etc are mostly on the player, and Ericsson for one has had more than his fair share of gaffs in his own end.
The NHL took control of the team, rather than the previous owner illegally putting it into bankruptcy court (allowing them to break contracts made with people in Phoenix) and handing it over to a person the league didn't approve of. Big difference.
No matter how you dress it up - a turd is still a turd...This turd of a franchise hasn't made any $$$ since they left Winnipeg...Big contracts/new building/fancy shops or not - this team, and the city of Glendale are still gonna bleed millions of $$$ every year.
Again we see why you want him on the team, you wouldn't care if he put up 5 points so long as he would drop the gloves, and in the process you would drop a player who is a very good PKer and a guy who has shown he can play at a 20 point pace (Miller had he played 82 games would have had 23 points both of the last two seasons)and is 3 years younger. I take track record over forum member's projections.
Lets be honest here...Many of us knuckle-draggers scratch our heads as to what makes spare parts like Miller so valuable in the eyes of Red Wing fans...Konopka brings an element, a spark, getting the fans into the game, maybe an emotional lift for his teammates.
If ya ask me there were numerous times I thought the Red Wings resembled zombies with their lack of emotion, and indifferent play these past few seasons...1990's or not - Red Wings hockey was a hell of alot more fun to watch when we could beat up our opponents as well as beat them on the score board.
Whether you blame the players or blame the coach, the team has to shuffle the deck to improve the defensive performance. Since our blue line isn't going to see much change due to the contracts we've got, the only other option is to dump the coach.
Yup - always easier to get rid of a coach than it is to move a handful (or more) players.
A coaching change seemed to do well in Tampa (along with a new GM); maybe a new guy coaching our Dmen will have a better result as well.
I'm guessing that's why Babcock had mixed up the pairings this year. Stuart and Lids never really played particularly well together this season, but it mixes up some size and physicality on the pairings. It's not like the early years when Murphy and Nick could handle the Legion of Doom line by playing the puck and not the body. It's been a continuing strategy for the Wings with having guys like Schneider and now Raf on the top pairing, but the reality is that Lids and Rafalski are getting up there in years and have lost a step, so against a team like San Jose it would be too hard to battle around the net.
Stuart and Kronwall can hold their own fairly well. Assuming we keep Ericsson he still needs to play more physical. More like he did in the first round. And Salei has apparently stopped playing with an edge. Kindl's got good size, but it'd be nice to have someone big that will really make guys pay around the Wings net.
Whatever became of the Ruslan Salei that rammed an unsuspecting Mike Modano into the boards years ago?
Not saying this team needs thugs, but we could certainly use some added size/grit on this team at both forward, and defense.
this looked like interference and no more... i know this wont be a particularly popular opinion. this play happens once a year and everyone mentions how dumb the rink design is and then nothing gets done. another link to the video since that ones gone..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jimZ1tSdPY0
Watching the game last night, and watching the vid you posted - I honestly dunno how some here can say for any certainty that Chara knew what he was doing, and purposely drove Pacioretty's head into the "turnbuckle".
I'm certain there have been numerous collisions over the years involving the edge of the glass at the end of the players bench, but unfortunately for Pacioretty he gets knocked out, and Chara is instantly public enemy #1.
Is it the job of the defense to hang their goaltender out to dry because that's what's happening on many nights, including tonight. You and a lot of other posters around here have crazy expectations for goaltending. Expectations which are completely unrealistic, especially with this defense. I really hope you are letting your emotions get to you because this post is just ridiculous.
Many forget that some of the best netminders out there just so happen to have a team that plays well in fron of them on a consistent basis...Just sayin.