One of the worst playoff performances of all time, I don't think he has much value being a ufa in 1 year.
hyperbole a bit? lol
one of the worst of all time? come on man...why don't you strap on some skates and show us how its done lol
you realize the entire team played garbage d. personally i think the issue has to do with Bowness. Often coughing up the puck is due to positioning by the forwards and your d partner, it is also highly impacted by the forecheck of the other team.
we have seen now, in 4 years running, teams do the same thing to our defense and it has worked effectively. that is put two guys on the puck carrier in our own zone and pressure him.
bowness's breakout is clearly susceptible to this as it has worked for Chicago twice, almost three times, then Boston, then LA. When I watched LA play the nucks during the year (I was at the game in LA on NYears) I said to my gf they reminded me of Boston the wayt they were attacking our dmen. Then they did it again in the playoffs.
Why? because of a poor system developed by Bowness that doesn't account for such pressure, doesn't provide players with enough outlets when under pressure.
It wasn't just Edler coughing up the puck, the whole defense was doing it regularly, even guys like Salo, Bieksa, and of all people Hamhuis (remember the winning goal in OT in game five? Why was Hammer carrying the puck so far up ice on his own? No one to headman to!
Team defense also involves the breakout and positioning. Understand hockey a bit more before you make such ludicrous comments about our best all around dman and an all star who is only 27 yrs old.
Edited by ABurrows14, 25 June 2012 - 09:59 PM.