Doesn't matter who we've had on D, whether it was Mitchell, Salo, or Ehrhoff, the D has always had meltdowns.
The one constant variable has been Rick Bowness. He needs to go along with AV. We put too much money in our D for it to struggle that much. I think a proven defensive coach could do wonders for our D core.
How do you have a constant variable?...
I'll show myself out.
But back on track, I'm not sure coaching will be able to fix any technical deficiencies our players may have. Setting up a better system may reduce errors, but when we have a D that's fairly active to assist with the offence that's going to happen. Will the reduction from playing a safer style be less than the gaffs resulting in goals from being so active at both ends of the ice?
There is a valid point that it's a shortened season, but I can agree a change might be beneficial. I'm not sure who the best option would be we could replace them with, or if there is a system that will make this all much better, but a shake up alone with the proper personnel put in place might be enough.
We'll have to see how our younger players can work into an improved (hopefully) system as well. I'd think dropping Ballard's salary and replacing him with someone in a limited role like Tommernes (not saying he's ready yet, just an example since this thread is still about him) might yield success.