Jacques is so me... but with dude trauma to boot - I so understand where his blinders are.
Yeah -- I never thought of Zids not being able to sustain. He's also one of the few D playing his objective - which for him is control the puck more than defend the goal..
I'm not sure how I feel about everything right now. I'm getting a vibe there is a slight disconnect between defence and offence. Offence pretty much understands how to play with defensive responsibility. But our D doesn't get how to be offensively defencive ... only how to be offensive to our defense sensibilities. OK I tried to hard for that one and no one gets it because I'm barely making sense anyhow....
It just seems our D doesn't know how t defend enough to enable our forwards. this isn't new to this season -- it's just not getting fixed where it was starting to by the time playoffs rolled around -- it's backslid.
so now I'm thinking it's intuitive thinking.... they had their backs up and senses alive during playoffs. now they can't intuit - their sight is weak and they dont get how to see through the lack of adrenaline. Larry is pretty intuitive -- I'd say most players are - that's why non-NHL guys can often coach better than they play (and players can't coach as well as they played). Players can't teach intuition and sometimes have nothing further to go on. blahblahblah.... ok whatever -- I'm too busy today! Grrrrr.
I think I get where you're going (which scares me). I would solve it by putting Fayne with somebody good, maybe Greene, and telling him be aggressive. Too often, he's thinking he has to help his partner, and doesn't crash toward the net as aggressively as he can. I think he and Zid, and maybe Larsson can contribute on offense, and should be put in the best position to do that.