I agree the young players are good because their already in mid-season form....but that's not the sole reason. Schroeds has spent 4 years, since we drafted him, to get to where he is today and Kass started the year in great shape to make the lineup (he lost a lot of weight and dedicated himself over the summer for this). They also worked hard.
Sitting back and playing a defensive game - If this was the first time it happened than I wouldn't have commented. This has been going on for years! AV is the coach, so if he wants them to play defensive, he allows it and vice versa. You also mentioned the tired legs.... Schroeds didn't look tired so how come we didn't see much of him in the third?
O/D lines - (offensive) (a) Lets bring up somebody to replace Weise, we have plenty of players on the Wolves who could play on the 4th...Archie deserves another shot (b ) give Schroeds a chance on the second with 2 wingers. I guess it has to do with priorities or favorites - I remember everyone loving the 3rd line last year and I was one of the few who wanted the Amex line back. Don't know why you want a great 3rd line and a mediocre 2nd?
(defensive) (a) Edlers not hacking it on the right....switching sides with Garrison is worth a try (b ) Garrison and Ballard played before, try giving them a try ( c ) Edler and Tanev would make another intriguing pairing (d) split Garrison and Edler during the PP. I think Hammer/Bieksa will be fine...they've proven themselves.
AV turns mute - I addressed this in another reply to Goalie13. AV needs to inspire or motivate the players instead of hoping that the boys do it themselves. As a player, professional or not, sometimes you have so many distractions from the opposition, officiating, fanbase, media, or just playing your 'role' that you lose focus on the big picture....this is where the coach needs to step in and make sure that the team is focused and on the same page. And when a guy like Kes is not playing... AV needs to step up.
Better Coach - You need to take a breather here! or a pill... Read the last line of my post, "He's not a bad coach and there are worse in the league....but if a better coach happens to become available, I hope we nab him!"
Furthermore, I don't think we need a coach who has been to the Finals or won the Cup.... I just think AV is too stubborn to change and we need a coach who is capable of adapting. Someone who can inspire a great veteran team that extra little 'inch' to put them over the top....
You said it wasn't the sole reason, but it is a huge part of the reason. Outside of some small exceptions, none of our guys played in Europe, but Kass, Schroeds, Ebbett played 20+ games ate the AHL level. I tend to think it was huge. Practice is simply not the same as a game. No one makes a hit, and consequently no one takes a hit in practice like in a game. Fights, almost non existent. Now, I never played pro hockey, but I did compete at an amateur level in a sport. Practice is never the same as the real thing. It takes a while for the body to condition itself to all kinds of things, pain tolerance, exertion levels, etc, and practice never cuts it because, bottom line, practice doesn't count. (Sorry, long answer for a simple point)
It may have been going on for years, but we won two presidents trophies, and more importantly, got to game 7 of the cup finals. To address his strategy and say it is bad when the record shows otherwise is arm chair gm/coaching at it's finest.
Your lines, you said lets bring up somebody to replace Weise, and then said we have players who could play the 4th line. Weise is currently on the second. Now, I read the Schroeds comment, but if Schroeds cant cut it on the second line, you now have Malholtra, Lapierre, Volpattie, or your call up - Darren Archibald, on the second. Not a good scenario.
Sedin Sedin Kassian
Higgins Schroeder Hansen
Volpatti Malholtra Lappierre.
Who do you slide up if not Schroeder? (Remember my thoughts were if Schroeds doesn't cut it, second line disaster)
Bottom line, we need a 2/3 line center, and we don't have one in the wings.
I agree, Edler and Garrison could try switching sides. Edler worries me enough right now, I cringe at him and Tanev. I like Tanev, very much, but depending on him to bail out Eddie worries me. Ballard Garrison has promise, but then it's Tanev Eddie, unless.
BUT, without a look, this could be more disastrous then leaving pairings/lines together. I am against the mix and match idea, Coach V used that when he first came, and then seemed to settle into lines/pairs, and the results were good. Built chemistry and consistency.
I got passionate about the coaching change for two reasons. One, we have a winning record that we have not had in a long time, and that record has a lot to do with the coach we have. I hear you, we need to get 1 game past game 7 of the SCF, but I think we need a tweek, and may have it when Booth and Kes are healthy.
Sedin Sedin Kassian
Raymond Kesler Booth
Higgins Burrows Hansen
Volpatti Malholtra LapierePlus Schroeder, Weise, Ebbett
Two. Good coaches are tough to find. A ton of times the suggestion is sent out, find a new coach. Next thing, someone is saying MG sucks because he cant get Babcock or Trotz or Ruff. The suggestion comes across like "Weise and a first round pick for Malkin". Good coaches are hard to find, great coaches are nearly impossible to find.
Your saying we need a coach to inspire, but our record shows he does inspire. I truly believe we have been outmuscled 4 years in a row. The game changed, the game is not about pure skill, it is a game of skill and "truculence". We are rebuilding on the Detroit model, which I agree with, and Detroit did win the cup in 07-08, but look at the teams that have won outside them.
06-07 Ducks - big bruising team
07-08 Detroit - not known for size particularly.
08-09 Penguins - good sized team, (dont think theyre gritty, go to hockeyfights.com).
09-10 Hawks - big team, Big Byfuglien
10-11 Bruins - big team
11-12 Kings - big team again.
We need size. I like Kass, I look forward to Gaunce, Vandermeer interests me, not because I like it as much as because i think it is the way the game is now played.
Last game, LA began to hammer us with size, and it worked.
Sig too big.