After talking about this team with my son last night I realized that Shero is basically doing what i want him to do, youth & speed, and it might take 2 more years, but hopefully in 2 years we can be where the isles are now, My concern is we donot have a taveres, which is key to where they are, but our goalie & D will be much better than the Isles, I still hope we can work out a trade for JVR, although I know its a pipedream.
I've been wanting to jump on a plane and go see Arsenal play at Highbury (Emirates) for years now. It's just that I have no prayer for the spontaneity of it, can't just leave the rest of the Leeds' home while I gallivant around.
1. Our inability to score in shootouts. if we were 50% W, we'd be in the playoffs and this thread would not exist. 2. Our inability to score 5-5. Shut out too many times and we can't score even on backups and the other teams know it. (Blame Lou for having old scorers that can't score) 3. Our inability (blame the coach) to protect 3rd period and 2 goal leads. How many times do I have to see Zidlicy pinching down while we are up 3-1 or Jagr taking late 3rd period lazy shifts when we have the lead?
First off let me say I agree that Marty has to take some of the blame.. BUT...
MSweet is dead on!! This team is inept offensively, the shootouts are friggin embarrasing, the 5 v 5 play is nuts I've atched us dominate puck possesion behind the bnet for 2 3 minutes at a time, never get a shot, we lsle the puck the other team races down gets 2 shots and a goal in 10 seconds. we then get the puck possesion again and still no shots.. its frustrating as hell...
Way more for me to say but I donot have time to write a diatribe....
I like Clarky alot, he has the edge to him that the devils need, as for him not making the devils better, not sure I agree, when he was scoring the 1st 10 games, the devils were much much better then when he was not scoring.
That being said, LL has to be smart w/ the budget, we hav already over paid for Kovy, Marty, Sal. Vol & Tal, cannot afford to over pay anyone else
Defense is that hardest position to come in young, it took Neids yeard before he fullfilled hi potential. Larsson is doing well, he shows flashes of billiance and flahsed of immaturity, extpected at 20.
This is Lemaire, he DOESNOT like young players... he played w/ Neids mind for years.. Elias & Sykie did not get a real chance until Lemaire was gone!! If the point is to develope players for the furute then LL brought in the WRONG coach .. AGAIN.. I think its time for LOU TO GO!!!