Originally Posted by BurnTHalO
When they move around (swithcing spots and stuff), they destroy teams. When they stand in the same spot, hold puck, pass it, hold puck, pass, hold puck, pass, hold puck, no look Marty pass, break the other way; never ever succesful.
Pretty good summation. To make the games interesting I've taken to counting the passes on the PP from the time we enter the zone w/possession until either a shot or breakout. The average seems to be about NINE. I dunno about you, Guy, but IMHO that's about six or seven too many. Although, what do I know? I'm just sitting here slowly going insane.
I know the GM and coaches know more about the game, but from my seat hockey is an extraordinarily simple thing. Apparently you just quickly get it up the ice (basically a no-brainer with the two-line pass and the post-2004 rules against touching an opponent); then fire away from the backline, and jam the front like mad for rebounds and tip-ins. Simple as that. Whoever does the most of that wins. The more times you blast the little thing at the net, the more goals you score, the more chaos you put the D in, the more mistakes they make, the more rebounds they cough up, the more deflections go right to an open guy for a tap-in, etc. Only good happens. All this fancy passing proves is that you like pretending you're in practice more than you like playing the actual games. A little bit passing to get the D and G moving is OK, but you know in practice they don't just do a little bit and then relentlessy fire the disc on goal, they pass it around forever like a college lacrosse club killing the clock.
That's the coaches' fault. Everything that goes on is the coaches' responsibility ultimately, and Boucher having no answers, or lame, banal platitudes is disturbing.
Call me crazy but I still feel this club has enough youthful energy coupled with veteran smarts to at LEAST make the show assuming they get something resembling NHL-caliber goaltending out of their two backups on a consistent basis (those last four words being the main thing)