shiznak, on 23 May 2012 - 07:48 PM, said:
We were an average team yet we broke the franchise record for most wins in a regular season, at that time? AV was never an offensive minded coach nor did he play an offensive style that year. We had an all-star goalie, in his prime, a solid defense group, and a bunch of checkers on the team. Any coach who has a brain can put the two together and its logical to play a defensive style. It wasn't AV's brillant philosophies/strategies that made that team break the record. It was Luongo standing on his head every game.
You really think Chicago were miles-away better than us? The first year, both teams had 5 20+ goals players, we had two ppg players, while they had none. We had a future HoF'er as our 2nd line centermen. Our defense were more well rounded than theirs, and our goalie was an elite goaltender. The second year, we had an Art Ross and Hart trophy winner, a selke finalist, the # 1 ranked PP and PK, and 6 20+ goal scorers. It was a pretty even matchup, AV got outcoached by the other man.
Oddly enough, that sounds a lot like the '08-'09 Flames that had six 20g+ forwards, including sure fire HoFer Iginla, Camalleri, Selke candidate Langkow, Norris & Calder nominee Phaneuf, Jokinen, perennial Vezina nominee Kiprusoff and they lost to those same 'Hawks in the exact same fashion we did. The year before that they lost to perennial playoff choke artists San Jose Sharks, and the year before that, led by this year's coaching darling Darryl Sutter, they lost to the Ducks in '05-'06 (pre-Pronger powerhouse) in the first round.
Every year after their 2003-2004 season Darryl Sutter's Flames were considered Cup favourites by NHL pundits and every year they came up short. Now that Darryl Sutter is in LA suddenly everyone thinks he's a genius despite bowing out in the 1st round three years in a row (followed by missing the playoffs three years in a row)? Sometimes a coach can only do so much. Kesler & Burrows, two key cogs of our top-six, have been anything but clutch in three out of their last four playoffs due to injuries or due to "stage fright" or whatever (and I know you revere that fact about Kesler's rather inept numbers in the playoffs), but the year that their playoff numbers mirrored their regular season numbers we had success.
Is that a mere coincidence in your mind?
Joe_Shmo, on 15 April 2012 - 09:10 PM, said:
Kassian.... Taylor Pyatt 3.0
TheEhrhoffEffect, on 15 April 2012 - 09:40 PM, said:
Lies. He's more of a Steve Bernier. Hopefully his talent level goes up so he can become like a Taylor Pyatt.