burrows has worn a jaw protector that clearly hindered his puck handling ability. now that he has shed the protector, I think you will see the production come back. he is a heart and soul player that I enjoy watching and cheering for win or lose.
the twins are two of the most talented puck handlers in the game. they are strong on the boards and give their all every night. they make me proud to call myself a canuck fan.
lou is payed well to tend the net. let lou deal with shots on net and keep our players in their positions.
we have suffered injuries and own goals due to blocked shots. does this pay off in the end?
we are blocking shots from far too far away to be effective. if we block a shot from more than 15 feet away the puck just ends up back on the other teams sticks or worst case deflects into our net.
at more than 8 feet, there is the chance of taking one in the teeth.
we have even taken to blocking shots taken from behind the goal line.... what the f.
why don't we dress all the players in goal gear.... we would be better at blocking shots and take less injuries. ok we would not be very good at offence but that seems to be what is happening already.
off topic ..... but while I am on a rant ..... what is with the over use of the point in the offencive zone.. too many times I have seen a forward get the puck in the red zone only to completely ignore the opportunity on net and turn to pass back to the point ..... like the way we practiced.
the biggest surprise for me is the play of Higgins. last year I had almost written him off as not having any hockey sense. now he is a completely different player. these goals he is getting are not a fluke, but overdue for how many chances he is creating. I hope he can make the same rework of booth as well. who knows what he could have done with mayray.
if av was driving the team bus:
the cruise control would be on
the ac on max
soothing music filling the air
if torts was driving the bus:
his foot is to the floor, hair straight back
and tunes pumpin
Posted by canidiot
on 13 September 2013 - 04:16 AM
what makes the topic of goaltending a difficult one in Vancouver is the constant protection of the fragile egos of goaltenders. or the myth of the fragile ego. lou is a very strong personality and confident. so much so that he overshadowed his last coach. lou is not a Faberge egg. if my work paid me millions of dollars a year, I don't think I would be worried about a little criticism.
stats are great for making an argument but they must be applied properly. its funny when the topic is breakdowns at key points and the defence is all time stats. lets average out his stats to cover any perceived weakness.
lou loves his poker. I wonder if he has as big of a tell at the poker table as he does when his game is off. most of you out there know it. when he stretches out and falls forward leaving the net completely exposed. or my personal favorite is the goal from behind the goal line in the corner. lou has huge feet and if he is not paying attention, they are easy to bank pucks off of.
in my mind lou's biggest weakness is puck handling. although it has improved greatly over the last few years it was pretty shocking when he first arrived in Vancouver. rarely did a puck end up on a Vancouver stick if he had lots of time. its not just and elite goaltender that can play the puck. many novice goaltenders can play the puck better.
after reading this you would normally call me a hater. because that's the other myth. if you don't bow down and claim he is the best goaltender ever, your a hater. this leads to leaving lou in the net on an off night until the game is out of reach. that makes the loss look like lou's fault. when actually its the coaches for not recognizing the tells.
it is not lou's team. he is just a player like any other player. as a fan it seems a little out of line when our goaltender feels he is above criticism. especially when we get bounced in the first round, two years in a row.
if he blames the fact he does not have a hall of fame defence, you can blame his contract. when one player takes up that much salary cap space, there is no room to pay the rest.
I like lou and enjoy watching him play. but don't tell me what I see on the ice is a myth.
if there was a stat for turnover/playmade or goal. booth would be exposed. if when you touch the puck, it is more likely to end up on the opposing teams sticks, your value is nil. I never understood the buzz about booth, without the hype he would be completely invisible.
roy and higgins looked good together tonight. not to say the honey badger didnt figure into it but roy made higgins so much better. i hate to say chemistry (because that means av will not let them play togeter).
i dont understand how people can watch kes give turnovers and skate slower than hansen, yet kes is a lock for 2nd line. booth is just as big a puzzle. whithout the hype i would say booth is a 4th line player.
a lot of our chemistry problems started when two injured players came back. guys like hansen and mayray were given support roles for kes and booth. the guys who were producing for us were given baggage to carry.
its gotta sting to get pushed out of the way, when your playing good hockey, for a player with a better contract who is not clicking.
just lost respect for av. i have been a supporter in the past. bag skate is bush league. not to mention we are in a shortened season and we were playing a team that had just played back to back. we lost.