Posted by Pepperkorn
on 09 October 2013 - 01:32 PM
Calling up players does not equal a better team most likely. We all understand that.
As fans I think we feel we have a losing formula at play. It's not the losing, it's the apparent inaction that gets everyone in an uproar.
It has been proven that these passable vets are not able to finish, and it feels like alternatives are not being considered.
It's exciting to watch prospective players because there is so much to see and understand and fix. There is potential and that's motivational, energizing. These go-to vets who you know can't CAN'T bring anything new or fresh to the table -- watching that is like praying that something will change. It's very passive. One also gets the feeling they're dragging down hope -- the hope that the few new pieces will motivate them. Well, obviously the new guys trust these old static vets because they tend to adopt the stolid mind-set. Particularly when someone like Fayne - you feel like he's penalized for his freshness. He's far from passionate but it feels like he is compared to the rest. You also ask yourself how it is that Schneider could do his job so well in front of these AHL defence core that was our pre-season D. Stevens was animated behind the bench in pre-season. True they aren't showing him now but -- the passion is just not with this team. Bad desperation a la Gio is what I see. Is someone mistaking that crisis mode for passionate play? The result is for sh!t -- could be worse -- so the team is playing for loser points?
It's just not engaging. They players aren't. And how can a team win without any kind of engagement?
Posted by Pepperkorn
on 07 October 2013 - 08:11 AM
I for one need to STFU about poor old Sal. He clearly sees and understands the big picture. If it appears to my untrained eye he's unable to uphold his end of the bargain on ice, I clearly don't know what I'm seeing. He's much more savy than I give him credit for - I finally had to listen to old video and post-game shows and thing. Even if I missed the specifics in the old games he referred to, he made decent sense. Maybe he's just innocuous when he does well.
Posted by Pepperkorn
on 15 September 2013 - 07:31 AM
Hey I was Sean Brown's keeper - I have pretty decent recall about this. When Larry came in full time Sean sank like a stone :even: and It really was almost a gag he was played that way. he was amazing for a very brief time there. He just really responded so well... OK but that is BEYOND the old news I complain about these days
I absolutely think Stevens has a hand in the defence. One problem is he has no idea as to his own intellect and vision. It sounds like he himself thinks it was his "toughness" that made him who he was on ice. Well -- he's wrong if that's what he thinks -- as wrong as everyone else. You knwo it's nice to have a gimmick to point to especially when what you have is, for you, unteachable. He's got to learn to see what lemaire sees and teach it BETTER than Robinson can. Don't like -- undoable - well then I guess you ought to go hunt full tiem then huh? They need more guidance in wise toughness. and they need to listen.
Now I have to make snicker doodles for meeting... grr totally over slept today and it's the first day of First Day school... gggrrr! And I'm probably totally wrong -- but I like mouthign off all the same
Posted by Pepperkorn
on 11 September 2013 - 08:20 AM
Of course my new pet is John Merrill. He's GOT to bulk up though. His frame is slightly troublesome to me. A quick amateur kinesiologist take is he's got a slightly non-flexible build with bones are on a medium/smallish size - which has me concerned. So build the sh!t out of that body to support what has all the signs of being a ever so slightly delicate frame.
(I'm not telling physical indicators because I like to keep that stuff secret with Ranger fans reading this board Assume I'm talking about of my ass please )
If there is a mass exodus then fine. Soccer players are real dorks and it makes the game less fun having that greed on a global level, I personally feel. If the NHL turns into a game of a bunch of sentimental Clarkson types, with a deep commitment to community, so much the better. If the NHL tries to pull out the wallet like some monied jackass - well then the sport is ruined. I need there to be an element of deep and abiding emotional investment from my sporting events. I can't be the only one out there who loves hockey - the players and organization needs to as well - it's just a deeper level of commitment to the sporting community -- not to money or winning alone. If we can't have players like Elias, Danyko, Brodeur and Stevens then I'll just stick with College sports.
It's wonderful of Marty to say that. It makes a lot if things clear. What a guy. It's almost as if he wants to stick around to teach & learn more coaching yet still be able to hop on ice in game situations. Haha. How many times did we wish Stevens could just hop on for a change or two to teach these drips something.
Wow. I mean - I wrote my piece and all. But who cares? It's David Clarkson.
I love the guy, but lets be real. The way the dude conducts himself off ice says it all. Clarky's kids... nnno, that's not what I'm talking about. Dude is childish. It's not a big deal.
He's not being as a$$hole (his agent sure is though). As long as he knows what he's doing it's all good. I think he does. He doesn't want the Cup or any of that. He's not as ambitious as Holik, Gomez, Parise -- he's just looking to relax and stop working. I dont think he understands that's what he wants. This kid has worked his ass off all his life to prove himself - not to be a WINNER like a John Maddog Madden. Clarkson doesn't have a "You think you're better than me" chip, he just had a But I KNOW I CAN play hockey chip. Well this is it for him then. this is the goal achieved - a nice contract. the OFFER is what he was dreaming about and his dream stopped there. A pretty wife a house with a pool - being able to give back to the community. It's enough. it's what he wants.
Clarkson is done proving himself and I'm really happy for him wherever he ends up. I think everyone should be because that's his story. His is not a name on the Cup story like Parise's is. This isn't tragic. It's good all the way around. How can anyone even think he's disloyal? He isn't a good enough player to be disloyal in leaving. Duh? Perspective people... perspective!!!
I think the ideal situation is Marty teaches Cory everything he knows Cory learns and retains it and even builds upon it and Marty sees it's time to move on, mission accomplished and we septpeat Cup wins until the league institutes a new rule akin to term limits on how many times a team can win the Stanley Cup in a decade.