Datsyuk's decision is getting easier every minute. I'd jump off this sinking ship in a minute. We're lucky he isn't asking to be traded to a contender where he can still contribute as a 2nd or 3rd line player.
Lol everyone blames Howard when he did his job taking the shooter. The other 4 Wings standing around letting one TB payer tap it in get a free pass. This place is unbearable sometimes. Hate to break it to all the Howard haters but Mrazek would have looked even more foolish on that play with how aggressive he would have played it.
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He didn't just take the shooter. He overplayed the shooter and got caught out of position. He's not supposed to leave the entire net open and hope the defense ties up every man crashing the net. Even if they do tie up, a puck could bounce off of the numerous skates in the crease and go in. Howard blew that.
Our D was horrendous last night (again). Our D is flat out slow. We win very, very few races to the corners to battle for pucks. By the time our D gets to the corner, their forwards have the puck and are making are making plays. To be even more specific....E was horrible (again) last night. Constantly out of position. So slow....and that's a bigger problem because when he is out of position, he can't recover. Can't clear the puck. Can't clear anyone out of the front of our net. Isn't physical. He's in such bad shape (I think he knows it as well), he provides zero offense. Not that D are supposed to provide tons of offense, but he doesn't even shoot from the blue line when he's wide open and has a semi clear lane?? Lost in space. I'm done with him...I wish Blash would be as well.
Does anyone remember the Michel Therrien rant from 2006 when he was the Pens head coach....saying "at times I think they are trying to be the worst defensive squad in the league"? That's pretty much how I feel. Here's a link for those that want to hear a head coach tell it like it is...http://www.youtube.c...h?v=agL3NHgb8Rk At the end he jokes about the only physical guy on this team is Talbot "who's about 5 foot 8 or something".
Our defense doesn't have an identity. They're not good offensively or defensively. They don't move the puck well. Even if we traded Kronwall for Suter tomorrow, we'd still have 5 other defenseman who are suspect at times.
All you saying Z is done. Not that I don't disagree, but I remember a couple months or so ago when I said "Z should retire" and "we have 5 more years of him" I caught holy hell, even got a 7 day suspension arguing about it. I even called him Old Man Logan lots of times. Nice of you all to join me on the wagon!
I remember a thread earlier this year where I suggested trading him for Thornton (Joe, not Shawn), and people said they wouldn't. I wonder how many still feel the same way after Thornton scored 82 points in 82 games?
Zetterberg, talent wise, is where Yzerman was in his last few years. Difference is, Yzerman wasn't on the top line and we had Datsyuk and Zetterberg as young stars carrying the load. This team has no young stars so we keep Zetterberg on the top line role when he clearly shouldn't be there. It's sad to watch the decline of a player and the decline of an organization that doesn't have a future lined up.