Colorado Rockies 1976 Posted March 8 Author Share Posted March 8 (edited) 1 hour ago, Devilsfan118 said: A - VV starting to seriously concern me. Most of the goals tonight were on the poor defense but it's been a while since he's stolen a game. B - Whole lot of puck watching out there last night. C - I think some bad habits got exposed by a very talented team. Not going to start going after Lindy (again) now, but the system is clearly flawed. You just have to hope the talent comes to play and hides the issues. A) VV's really not that far removed from a terrific run...this current slump is only five games. If he turns it around in his next few, we'll forget about these five games in a hurry. It's like I said in the Devils season thread...if he's not stopping pucks in the playoffs this year, that's when people are going to start to wonder...though of course, if come that time the Devils are giving up way too many Grade A chances, that has to be factored in. B and C) Lindy sometimes comes up with pretty good Plan As, but at times just seems to have no Plan Bs or Cs once teams adjust...unless "Hope Jack does Jack things, Dougie does Dougie things, VV stands on his head, etc" counts as a plan. I know I get on Lindy a LOT, but let's face it, he wasn't ever getting another HC gig if not for the Devils, and even though I was on board with him getting the chance because of the fact that he had NHL experience (unlike his predecessor), there were several articles written at the time detailing his many weaknesses. I have to be fair to him and point out that a number of kids did develop under his watch...even if I strongly suspect that these players were simply that talented that not even Lindy could get in their way, the fact is that he was the coach and guys like Jack, Nico, Bratt, etc have blossomed with him behind the bench. I also have to be fair in admitting that even though I would like a different HC in place as soon as next season, I don't have a specific "That's the guy!" name in mind. Trotz was intriguing to me but now he's very much off the board. I'd like someone who'd actually be more of a defense-guy first...I still think the team would score plenty due to the talent on board, but I also think the sheer amount of opponents' wide-open looks and the Devils' running around in their own end (and asking their goalies to continually bail them out) would decrease. Jacques Lemaire could've been great for this current team, if there was a way to bring him here from the 90s...but curious to see if the Devils can find that guy who brings that real blueprint with him that has them playing almost flawless hockey...that might see them get beat, but not because they're beating themselves. Edited March 8 by Colorado Rockies 1976 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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