Whatever happens these playoffs we need to get bigger for next season f*** ... Any chance bruins would give us lucic in a deal involving Tatar or nyquist? Lol
Sadly we have no one that can come in besides abdelkader to knock guys around and cole who's long gone
They don't need Lucic. They need their skill guys to get bigger. Annnnnnnd that's going to happen soon. Mantha, AA, Zander to a lesser degree, Larkin. Then jam a miserable prik like lil Bert in there plus a legit giant maybe and all is good.
Also, If Babcock leaves, they could sign Orr to a two-way deal next season.
Except for Bishop's bed pooping, I can't see Tampa playing any better than they did tonight. Detroit on the other hand. Plenty of room for improvement. Need more out of Nyquist, Tatar, and Sheahan, although it must have been tough for them with all the penalties.
If Mrazek can stay dialled in, this series could be a nightmare for the Bolts.
I'm agreeing that Smith has played poorly, I'm saying that it was likely the right decision, so what's your point. That's not to say that either Smith nor Howard are done for the year, or that their done in Detroit or the NHL... like some people seem to be suggesting. The hate on these boards is ridiculous, whether it's Howard, Ericsson, Kindl, Smith or whoever... Everyone likes the new shiny toys, so bring on the kids right? They're sure to be better than we currently have...
Well Marchenko hasn't really done anything dumb yet. So until he does, he's my guy. If Smith can take his job back at some point, then good for him too. I personally have no agenda here, I just want the guys to play that give this team the best chance of winning.
Lets look at the number of excuses you can make for ONE, glaring, mistake.
1.It could happen to anybody.
2. It happens all the time.
3. If the refs wouldn't have seen it, nobody would care.
3.It shouldn't have been called.
4.Nobody would care if it hadn't ended in a goal against.
The excuse making for Smith is getting comical.
For me, saying "He screwed up" seems a lot easier than issuing a laundry list of excuses.
Here's the problem. Those teams that upset us in 2003, 2004 and 2006 didn't just do it with hot goaltending. They did it with tight checking, physical defense and hard work. They also limited their mistakes.
This team doesn't do any of those other things well, even if Mrazek plays amazing.
Personally I'm hoping more for a "2010 Halak" type scenario. That Montreal team was not overly tight or physical. At least not like Anaheim in 03, Calgary in 04 or Edmonton in 06 were. Halak beat Pittsburgh and Washington almost by himself.
That's what happens when you make the playoffs 24 years straight, you don't always have sure things. Kenny has done an amazing job building and retooling this team. Others might disagree because they are spoiled and don't get the new shiny toy every year like we used to get.
Holland and the scouts are the reason this team is still relevant.
Blashill and the Griffins management, in general, deserve a ton of credit as well.
Success overall. Failure for a lot of individuals.
Quincey - lived up fairly well to his contract that pissed a lot of us off.
Smith - fail
Tatar/Nyquist - success
Abby - success
Sheahan - sucess
Weiss - sucks to be him, fail in babs eyes
Jurco - fail
Ericsson - fail
Datsyuk - success, but injuries dont look good, starting to remind me of Steve Yzerman's knee issues.
Zetterberg - fail (I love Z but this was by far one of his worst seasons in point production. He knows it and so do we). I expect him to have a breakout season next year tho. He's had crappy seasons in the past and responded with successful seasons after.
Howard - success then fail
Mrazek - success (gained a lot of experience)
Overall - 100 points, into the playoffs? Success. The team effort balanced out in the end. Young players have progressed well and certain players have proven they shouldnt be on the roster.
Leads team in points. 2014-15.
Is healthy for almost a full season. 77 games played.
When asked by reporters last night to respond to 'genius-best-coach-ever' coach's comments about "not thinking the team was a playoff team" back on July 5th said, with a grin, "you should have asked me because I thought we were a playoff team back in July"