Posted 23 December 2010 - 03:50 PM
this will give the devils an excuse when they loose to the Islanders tonight, they will go "hey its our first day with our new coach".
That said, I'm surprised it happened this late. I've read both sides of opinions on this site about Macs future. (this is the only place i can read actual interesting devil talk, the Record doesnt cut it, the daily news has half a paragraph on a game, and listening to Chico's opinion, while informative, does make me think the Devils will win out and win the stanley cup this year). I think he had to go. Great Devils icon but I just didnt buy the team was motivated. The past few years, you could tell when they were going to win, they played hard, hit and passed great. When they lost they seemed sluggish at the start. This year , it does seem like they are working hard but that doesnt neccasarily mean the right way. I see guys busting their butts to go on offense (sadly chasing a dump in most of the time) but it seems they are doing so uncordinated. Passes miss, no ones backing up someone else, i can count the cycling the puck they do all season on my hands, no ones screening, defensive guys are hesitant to move up, and so forth.
It was easy for Mac to motivate the minor league devils team, they are motivated every day i would think to play good and get called up. Get to the NHL level and you might find more complacent guys. Leaders in battle can motivate their army to charge but if they just run unorganized into battle, bad stuff will happen. We all remember that kid in gym class that wanted to be athletic and thought he was but really just slammed into you practically tackling you weather it be defending in basketball or something volley ball related.
Devils need someone to organize them better and make them what they were. (they also need a compliment to kovy, younger better players, adn a defense, but thats for another day) thats not going to happen this year i dont think , with lemaire, but ive noticed, wehn the devlis are backing each other up and playing like they should, they have looked good this year. I think Lemaire just means langenbrunner is definalty gone. that sucks cause i got his jersey last march and got it in the mail july and then all his crap happened. sucks.
But finishing up, this is just stuff i noticed from watching the games. I now look forward to reading the thread, getting a 12 pack and watching the game tonight, maybe some of you will make me optimistic, but then agian, some fo you did that for me through the whole Kovy thing when i'd rather they didnt resign him.