This team has been over coached to the point where they seldom fight back. It first happened in the Boston cup final and the edginess taken away from the team. They have not been the same since that series.Of course they took a pounding. Guys that used to be abrasive and under the skin of the opponents just skate away from dirty plays scared to take a penalty. Maybe that is whats wrong with Edler who used to deliver punishing checks. Is as if everyone is over coached and not allowed to do what they do best.Ballard is an example of that. Now they will probably screw up Tanev. Hamhuis is also messed up in my opinion. In spite of all that the team is still competitive. Get rid of AV and his assistant and bring in a coach that will not over think things, but demands hard work. Maybe Gillis will have to go too for letting this go on this long
AV was learning from the previous 2 seasons against Chicago, where the reffing was garbage and anything we did got penalized, whereas the Hawks were doing all that crap to us and not getting penalized. What happened in the finals against Boston is more garbage from the refs.
I'm of the opinion that we need a new coach as well. I'm sure there's record on this forum somewhere of me complaining 3 or so years ago about AV for a number of reasons, though AV has done well to adapt to most of those and IMO has improved quite a bit in his time coaching here, and I think he's still learning, but the one thing over the whole time he's been here that hasn't changed is his inability to let some of our young offensive players develop their talent.
You can say he allowed Hodgson, but where was his chance on the 2nd line? I'm not going to suggest that Hodgson is Sundin, but while Sundin was here Kesler did just fine on the wing. And Schroeder this year, the only other option is Ebbett, who has done nothing to suggest he's any better than Schroeder, so AV might as well play him (probably getting pressure from MG to play him as well, though if that isn't the case I really question MG in our prospect development philosophy), plus Schroeder's been on the 4th line with a couple no hands no offensive awareness players for what? 3 games now?
Ruff's had the opportunity to coach a number of young players along in his time in buffalo and never really had the star power to work with in the Sedins (aside from Vanek showing his best outing in his career this season).
I also agree with the philosophy at this point that just about anyone else would be a better fit here due to AVs message appearing stale. I guess we'll see.