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In Topic: Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Yesterday, 08:07 PM

Call me optimistic, but I still think it'll be interesting to see how Weiss responds when actually getting a chance. Based on his history, he's plenty capable of becoming an important part of this team's offense moving forward. That was the goal when signing him and it's still possible that he could rise to meet that goal, and perhaps be better if given the right opportunities in time.
And yeah, I get it, it's unlikely, and perhaps a bit crazy to think that at this point, but I think you've got to see how he does as a regular in the lineup before you do anything drastic.

So far, so good.

In Topic: Inconsistency

24 November 2014 - 04:00 PM

I 100% agree with your thoughts on the lack of familiarity with roles.  I think, because we don't have two reliable centers, that our top six roles are constantly in flux.  As such, guys aren't slotted correctly and nobody is developing chemistry with the guys they should be. 


I see that as a rather easily resolvable issue with a bit more time, hence why I'm not too concerned with the way things have gone thus far. 

In Topic: Inconsistency

24 November 2014 - 01:14 PM


Of course we're not a better team.  I'm just saying that you can't pin loses on the failure to have Datsyuk in the lineup.  We don't have too many loses without Datsyuk in the lineup.  So far, the fact that our impressive wins are punctuated by loses isn't due to Datsyuk's absence, because thus far when he's been gone we've won more often than lost.  That's all I'm saying. 


I'm definitely not saying that, I'm just saying it doesn't help matters either. We need to get our kids playing like they are capable no matter who's in the lineup, and no one would ever really say that we're a better team without Datsyuk. The sooner the team gets used to playing as a mostly-complete team, as in not missing major pieces like Datsyuk, the better we'll be. It just boils down to inexperience and lack of familiarity with roles to me.


See above.  I didn't say they're a better team.  I said they've won more than lost with him absent.  As such, it's hard to blame the loses on his absence.


I know, I meant it more generally. Believe me, I don't think anyone on this forum in their right mind is going to say such a thing and mean it.

In Topic: Inconsistency

24 November 2014 - 01:11 PM


I agree with the second paragraph but not the first.  We've been better without Datsyuk than with him.  His being gone from the lineup hasn't (up to now) been the source of our tendency to drop games. 


I've been saying since last year that I think Nyqvist in particular is better when Dats is out of the lineup, and I think Tatar falls into that category as well. It's almost like they're intimidated when Dats is around and loosen up when he's out. But if those guys are worth a damn to this team, which I absolutely believe they are, that will work itself out in time and translate to a better, more balanced team overall. Plus, Datsyuk hasn't been 100% when in the lineup, and I think he's bound to get healthy again and be better than he's been at times so far this year. I'm just not sweating that side of things working out. Great players will find ways to be great players when push comes to shove, and as frustrated as I've been about some of the kids not playing up to their potential when Datsyuk is around, I'm not about to start running around saying that we're a better team without Datsyuk. There's just some kinks that need ironing out, and I think in due time they'll all be fine and making this team that much better, and subsequently more consistent.

In Topic: Inconsistency

24 November 2014 - 12:36 PM


Ok, but which types of teams are more likely to make the playoffs, let alone peak in them...ones that can string together wins, or ones that have great games (Chicago, Columbus) and then fail to build on them?


That's all this thread is about.  Inconsistency is a problem, regardless of whether it's been detrimental thus far. 


I see it as a product of where this team is at right now. There's two cores in a sense; one is young and inexperienced, one is getting up there in age. On top of that, Datsyuk, arguably still our best player, has been in and out of the lineup and not always at 100% when playing. We can't really complain about goaltending, the defense has been better than they have any right to be, and our young guys are continuing to get better. But it's going to be a bumpy road for awhile still because some of the guys that I do believe will carry this team down the stretch are still getting their feet wet in the NHL.


And when Dats is healthier and playing on the regular, it'll help a fair amount. And if Weiss is able to come in and contribute on some level, that could be a big bonus. But I really do think come the December-January timeframe, we'll be stringing together more and more wins if this team can stay healthier on the whole. There's a good deal more positive consistency happening in certain areas of our game this year than in the last couple of years, and consistency in other areas will come as guys continue to develop. Put it all together, and I'm pretty happy with where the team is at now, and pretty excited for where they'll be in a few months.