It appears to me like Howard is holding Mrazek back. They can't expect Mrazek to wait until he's 28 before he starts. Sooner or later, Howard has to be moved to the side and he's basically moving himself aside with his play.
exactly. you can't leave mrazek as a backup for the rest of jimmy's contract. something's gotta be done.
I can see this current slump having an affect on his thinking process though...He says he expects more out of Erik Cole...WHAT?!? At least Cole is scoring some and contributing...how about expecting more out of Helm, Andersson, Jurco, Quincey, Ericsson, Howard to name a few? How about stopf****** playing Andersson in an offensive role when he doesn't even belong on this team, let alone playing in between Tatar and Pulkkinen! Helm is a GREAT 4th line center, how about you stop trying to make him a top 6 winger, how about that? Remember Dan Cleary? He was a great bottom six player, until you decided that he was a top line winger and tried to force him into a role that he had no business being in! Sure, Weiss hasn't been what he was expected to be, but Jesus H, he IS AN OFFESIVE MINDED CENTER!!! With the unfortunate injury to Datsyuk, you try to force Andersson to be that offensive center rather than inserty a player that can actually score some goals? Holy s***! We get it, you don't like Weiss, just like you didn't like Modano or Commodore or Legwand, we get it, its your way or you go cry like a *****, but you continue to force players like Helm and Andersson into a scoring role, which they are both totally inept at, and you wonder why you are in a slump! Then, one of the guys that is actually contributing, you call out and say you expect more of him? WTF!?! FFS, I cannot wait until Franzen says he is healthy and you continue to try to force him into a top line scoring "threat" and then demote Cole to the 4th line like you did Legwand. I amf****** surprised you aren't playing Kindl and sitting Zitlicky because you expect more out of him!!!
I honeslty do not care if Babcock goes to TO over the summer, I am about tired of his dumb ass line concoctions putting players where they have NO business being. In no world does Helm or Anderson belong anywhere near Datsyuk, Tatar, Pulkkinen, Cole or Zetterberg, et al. on a line.
Helm in the top 6,f****** Andersson between Tatar and Pulkkinen, pass the crack pipe bro...
I HOPE this little slump and possible 1st round exit makes him leave, good day sir, you lose, you get nothing!
i get where you are coming from regarding the lines. i don't think these games since the deadline will affect his decision too much. babcock likes the way we played the last 3. he sees a turning point. as for the lines though. i'm not gonna let this die until babcock does it for the rest of the season.
Our top D pairing is now a combined minus -12 on the year
this is not good
because they combined with howard's inability to move a puck are a terrible combination. they are constantly flustered. i still can't get over how many times we have control in our zone and can't make one single pass to gain the zone. we are sooooo bad at breakouts. our first pass kills us and any offense we have a chance at.