Originally Posted by Donnie D
So Flip has gone from this dynamic 2 way player that was the steal of free agency to the shit house in 2 weeks? Really?
Perhaps a better answer is that he is a solid #2 center that is now being asked to be a #1. And not just a number 1, but a replacement for the best scorer in the league.
The disappointment goes way beyond any one player last night. Win or lose, there was an effort displayed that was missing last night. I can understand and accept rookie mistakes - those are part of the learning curve. I can accept being the inferior team in terms of talent - that too is part of this process. Last night was a team that looked like it was playing a man short all night. The effort was missing.
Cooper was right on target when he said that he has been proud of the team regardless of the results. Last night he wasn't proud of the team.
I haven't looked it up so you can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that last night half the forwards, one third of the defense and both goalies had played fewer than a season. That's a recipe that isn't going to be consistently successful in this league.
I hope that's not at me, because you missed my point then. My point was not to rail on Filpula or Marty. My point was that Purcell has been on pace with them, so freaking out on just him is a bit ridiculous. If you want to say none of our money players are picking up the slack, guess you could, but I wouldn't. The team has dropped after the initial energy from trying to make up for not having Stamkos. It was going to happen. The Caps don't lose Ovechkin and continue killing teams. I think Detroit could have some problems with losing Zetterberg, and that is just a few weeks. Now I want to see what Filpula does throughout the rest of the season, but so far, pleasantly surprised.
Originally Posted by Derek28
I agree that the inexperience of the team is not helping right now after all Brown, Johnson, Kucherov, Labrie, Palat, Killorn, Panik, Barberio, Gudas, and Sustr all have less then 70 games of NHL experience so that's 10 of our active 20 skaters. Maybe the time for Yzerman to make a deal would be sooner than later.
Also glad I found this forum, there seems to be plenty of knowledgeable Bolt fans on here
Agree. Personally I will continue to trumpet our d is hurting us as much as the offense. You lose your far and away top scorer, I think you need to hunker down and play solid in your own zone, because you can't expect to continue scoring at the same pace, and I still feel our defense is terrible at this. That said, I also don't think you can understate losing our (in my opinion) hands down best defensive defenseman in Gudas.
Also, welcome to the boards. There definitely are, and you get some killer insight on some of our up and comers as well.