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In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

23 October 2015 - 09:59 PM

Im in FULL agreement with you on the Carolina game. Worst Ive ever seen him play. He was on the ice for 4 of the goals, and was mostly responsible for 3 of them. Cant really defend his play for that game.


That's fine...I want to see him do well...we NEED him to do well.  It's frustrating when he fades out like that because he's got the talent to be a solid second pairing guy on a Cup winner

In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

23 October 2015 - 04:48 PM

So none of those guys were factors last night. Are Abby, Hank, and Larkin to blame for losing to the Oilers? Or is Smith still on the hook? I just want to learn how the blame game goes around here. I tend to criticize players, coaches, and gms over things I can see over the course of a season or at least a long stretch of games. If a player has one horrible game, I tend NOT to pin every problem with the team on him.


Really?  You're this far gone in the man love for Smith?  The defense has been bad....Smith was HORRID in the second carolina game.  He coughed the puck up repeatedly, did a lousy job of dealing with traffic in front of the net and let at least 1-2 guys in the backdoor for completely open scoring attempts...it's like he wasn't even aware that someone might be so clever as to go to the net from a spot he can't directly see.  As a result...the coach sat his ass for two games.  We'll see tonight if he can get his head out of his ass long enough to make a clean simple pass coming out of his own end or will he continue to misfire...will he skate into traffic and cough up the puck leaving his end or will he mke that simple pass before two guys converge on him...will he actually locate and stay with the Flames around the net...or will he drift off to look at something brightly colored like a five year-old with ADHD?

In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

22 October 2015 - 04:46 PM

Sure...those wins were due to Brendan Smith playing...Abby, Hank and Larkin were non factors...

In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

22 October 2015 - 08:06 AM

I think the weight thing is overblown...drastically.  It's not like we're running 175lb guys out there on all three lines against a team of Byfuglien sized monsters.  


So far as Smith and the rest of the D goes...no they are not good collectively, but Smith has been particularly bad which may have something to do with him being a healthy scratch the last two games.


On a completely different note...Richards has shown very little.  If they want to play Datsyuk and Hank together when Datsyuk returns, I can't see Richards centering the 2nd line over Sheahan

In Topic: Roster Moves by the Wings

21 October 2015 - 06:15 AM

So we are slow in transition, but you dont like our best skating defenseman?

 Yes...I don't like him because he makes really bad decisions with the puck and often turns it over in his own end or makes a really bad first pass.  The key to making that quick transition isn't lugging the puck..it's the quick outlet.  It's not much different from soccer or basketball.  You clear your end and create opportunities by quickly exiting your zone.  Skating it out is usually the slowest way to do that.


Smith also has lousy situational awareness...he loses his man frequently.  As a result, he always seems to be trailing the play defensively or caught out of position