Mathew Barzal Posted December 13, 2015 Share Posted December 13, 2015 2 hours ago, oldnews said: What's patently obvious isn't usually surprising. You'd think that "Mathew Barzal" would have a clue who Johnston is, but you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Johnston's Portland teams won more than 50 games a season - scored 1000 goals his last three years there - they didn't accomplish that with a neutral zone trap or by defending the 0-0 tie lol. Johnston's not a "defensive coach". He simply knows that winning hockey comes from solid two way hockey - better defensive hockey leads to more possession, less time without the puck - which leads to more scoring. Simple, but apparently difficult for some people to understand. I suppose that's a hard sell when you're talking to geniuses that think Phil Kessel is going to turn your team into a Stanley Cup Contender lol. Btw, that's a nice leather vest, but like the 1980's hockey your brain is stuck in, it's so 30 years ago. You're right, I didn't bother to look up his prior accomplishments because to me they were just a platform for him to reach this stage. He did not know how to adapt with that Pens team, period. The low scoring was a non-issue to me, it's when you have your most dangerous offensive forwards playing trailer to the likes of Kunitz and Hornqvist that I see a problem. Not only that but they have two center-men who are elite at gaining the zone and pushing defenders back but because of the system employed they consistently resorted to dump and chase hockey. Phil Kessel will not succeed playing dumping and chasing the puck. I don't care what you have against the guy, off the rush he is one of the best at putting the puck into the net. It's not a coincidence as soon as Malkin and Kessel gave Johnston the finger they instantly flicked the switch as a line. Unwillingness to change (inexperience?) is what it comes down to. But continue to rely on your statistics, even though they're clouding your vision of the Pens games you clearly haven't been watching. Also, I'm tired of your whole condescending shtick. Don't bother replying to any of my future posts. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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