It's kinda unfair. It was Edlers sluggush play that lead to Phoenix making it 3-1. He first gave the puck away followed by totally missing out the check on the player who blew by him, (it wouldn't have happened if Edler went for the hit), instead he embarrased Edler by skating pass him, made the pass, Schneider lets in a softy
on the 4-2 goal, Dan Hamhius decides to ring it along to the boards with no supporting Canucks player there, but awaiting was a Phoenix player who was reading the play like a Hawk, the puck came to him, and scored the empty net goal.
How bout 2 weeks ago against Dallas?
Edler was out there for the game tying goal, on top of that, the game winning goal. Both times, terrible coverage.
For a fan myself, what I find unfair is that Beiska was a giveaway machine during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Yet A.V kept on playing him. While for some reason Ballard one screw up, hes done for the night, he will get benched, and if he is lucky enough he wont get scratched. Unfair. I think its best we trade him if he's only going to play bottom minutes.
Keith Ballard can move the puck and we've seen it in the past. Tape to tape from the defensive zone to the neutral zone up the middle. Or carrying the puck from behind his net, up the ice, through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone.
Except the coaches discourage him doing this out of fear he will cough up the puck throwing it up the middle.
Now we're criticizing him for doing what his coaches are telling him to do (make the safe play by banking it off the glass or giving it to your partner).
I think he's too discouraged to do such action anymore, because such play can result in turn overs, (which happens) and Ballard probably doesn't even have the confidence to do that anymore because A.V will bench him if he turns it over, while if Edler turns it over its no problem. Ballard offensive confidence is all gone because of A.V.
Edited by MoneypuckOverlord, 05 March 2013 - 01:48 PM.