I kind of want to reserve judgement until the new pp/forward coach shows his mettle, bc last season was an abomination, and I don't want to just blame blash bc I honestly think he delegates power to try to make things right. But if special teams don't improve by the end of the year, I'll blame it all on blashill, toi/usage of players not withstanding, that is.
So you're telling me. That you don't think there is any correlation to coaching change and the fact that scoring went down? Lol okay lets blame the offensive players. Literally almost everyone underproduced this season. You want to hold all 10 players accountable? Or perhaps it's the new PP coach and Blashill the rookie?
Glendening gets about 2nd line ice time. He's a 4th line player on paper but his icetime has been consistent with league 2nd line players. Tatar's ice time has been equivalent to 3rd line players in the league.
His 5 on 5 ice time averaged 11:21 while Tatar's was 11:59. So enough with the "PK time" excuses. They play the same amount 5 on 5.
So I agree with you, but a leash only gets so long.
It's gotta be hard coming into an organization that hasn't missed the playoffs for 25 years. And on topic, I agree this contract is probably on the higher side for a fourth liner, but honestly man, it could be worse.
If we didn't have e and howie signed to the deals eyes are (and I really don't think howies deal is THAT bad in context) along with the Weiss deal/buyout, I don't think this contract would be too much of a problem. Ya know?
So let them dominate Z and Larkin? Those guys are counted on to score. Glendening matches up against those guys so our other lines can do the scoring. If we had prime Z and Dats I guarantee Blashill would roll them out against the best in the league
If we had prime z and d, we wouldnt have to worry about that though.
They could go out against anyone and score 90pts/yr, everyone knows were in transition, so taking pressure off our most skilled players (at this point still our older guys for the most part) with guys who can handle the harder minutes isn't as big of a deal as it seems.
Once we get the talent on the big club to take over, it won't matter, but then we'll still have a few years of them being cost controlled snyway. So it's almost inconsequential either way.