Depth scoring is more important than having a Stamkos. We could use another good goalscoring winger for sure, but we need scoring from everyone right now. Bottom 6 have to chip in a goal every now and then. Filppula has to score. Our D has to score. No one is scoring.
LA and Boston had a much better top 6 in their Cups than our top 6 this season. And their bottom lines were grittier and harder to play against in a playoff series, than our bottom six forwards this year.
There's nothing about this lineup that screams success and long playoff run. You either have a team built on great talent, which we don't have much of anymore, or a team built on hot goaltending and grit/stellar defense, which we don't have either.
It really didn't change the direction that much. He should have had it.
Howard is a mediocre goalie who gets paid like a mediocre goalie. We can't expect any more from him.
Problem is, this team isn't good enough for that anymore. We need a goalie who can steal playoff series and carry a team. Like all the other 7 and 8 seeds who have had success in recent years. I don't see that in Howard.
Fighting after a clean hit is one of the only times I think guys should get 5, 2, and a 10.
I know it's a little different because he's the captain, but i'm so sick of guys getting jumped after clean hits. That's more of an attempt to take hitting out of the game than anything Bettman does.
Honestly, I have no problem with fights after clean hits. I understand why someone wouldn't want their star players getting hit with big hits, whether it was legal or not. If someone nailed Datsyuk with a clean hit, I'd want someone to step in and make others think twice about doing that.
As long as fighting is legal, so is fighting from clean hits. Then again, I also want the instigator removed, so I can see how you'd be even more upset if that were done.
Oh, and I forgot what a terrible fighter Stuart is.