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Old 04-17-2019, 12:57 PM
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And Point crashed to earth after completely owning Boston's best line last year.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:37 PM
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Can we really say that Gourde has been effective in the playoffs? 3 goals in 20+ playoff games isn't exactly getting the job done. For a guy that scores most of his goals from the front of the net, he wasn't very noticeable in that area throughout the series.
Gourde was pretty invisible to me in the playoffs. I thought Point was kept in check for the most part. I felt a guy exactly like Brian Boyle was what we needed in playoffs. If we had a guy or two like that, our speed guys could be used more effectively....
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:43 PM
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Gourde was pretty invisible to me in the playoffs. I thought Point was kept in check for the most part. I felt a guy exactly like Brian Boyle was what we needed in playoffs. If we had a guy or two like that, our speed guys could be used more effectively....
He should have been, Gourde played like 10 minutes a night. And Boyle isn't playing top 6 minutes. We can't find a way to move Miller or Erne up there, there is no way Boyle makes it in. I don't disagree we need some more power in our top 6, but the counter to that is they have to actually be played in top 6 minutes to be effective.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:59 PM
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A big problem with Gourde is that he does score most of his goals up front, but the team was unable to set up in the offensive zone to get him to the net. Boyle wouldn't have helped with that. And Gourde is faster.

Similar with Point and the high slot.
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Old 04-17-2019, 02:01 PM
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Allowing the players to go to Miami to celebrate winning the President's trophy was a tremendous error in judgement
That is just such a non factor, imo. Michael Jordan being out at the casinos half the night when the Bulls were in the playoffs? Inappropriate. The Lightning doing some team bonding when they're on break? I fail to see how this contributed to anything in the post season.
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:01 PM
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Those small players can be effective, if they use their speed and are willing fight through the clutching and grabbing.
And we have a winner.


Truth is the NHL has 2 seasons and each one has a different set of rules. Now before you say anything, yes I know the whistles were put away for both teams in the playoffs.

We were built as a speed team with a ton of skill. In the regular season they call the grabbing, tripping and the obstruction.

Then came the second season, the playoffs. For years we have all known that the refs pocket the whistles unless it is something outlandish. Because of this you see teams like Washington come out and pound the opponent. Torts watched our losses in the regular season and tape of the Washington series and saw that we have a hard time playing fast physical teams. What we need is a faster Dave Andreychuk or a John LeClair type player.

We failed to address this issue when we lost to Washington. We failed to address this issue at the trade deadline. The draft is closing in and we have some really excellent talent that we could use as bait. Not only could we build a bigger team, but moving a few contracts would give us cap relief when it is UFA time.

But just remember in order to go big we will have to give up something big.

And who was my biggest disappointment this season...……… Mikhail Sergachev and Jon Cooper

Why Cooper. He said it all in one presser after game 2 I believe. He said he told the players to stop chipping the puck in as he wanted them to carry it in. Well from what I saw the BJ had a very good trap set up and no one could had carried the puck in and the players knew this. So either Cooper really didn't have a game plan or worse, the players tuned him out and played the game they thought they could win.
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:36 PM
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And we have a winner.


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But just remember in order to go big we will have to give up something big.

And who was my biggest disappointment this season...……… Mikhail Sergachev and Jon Cooper

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Sophomore slump & do not forget that 98 is still a kid who is a defenseman...it generally takes approximately 300 games for them to get it...hope he continues to work on his skating which he started to over last offseason...and if he stays on the left side he has to learn he has to walk-the-line a lot further to get an open shot after he performs his patented deek. He should be fine.

Coop has to now change things up. He has won at ever level and has already coached a team that set the record for wins in a season and road wins...albeit it to fall flat on their face in the playoffs...

Lots of rookies that I hope do not suffer the sophomore slump next season...

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Old 04-17-2019, 07:09 PM
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Next Coach: Vaclav Prospal? He's rested, he's ready.
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Next Coach: Vaclav Prospal? He's rested, he's ready.
Only if you sign him to 1 yr contracts
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:10 PM
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Before any decisions about players are made, JBB needs to make a hard choice about whether to switch to Ben Groulx. It’s managerial malpractice if he doesn’t even consider it.
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