SaintAngerBH wrote:Nichushkin is a big bag of meh. But, still better than Ritchie.
Kovalchuk might be okay to pursue. His age is an issue, though. What if he craps out like Spezza?
Since the early guesses seem like Hitchcock is going to return, they might as well just give up on next season already.
If they buyout Spezza he's going to have a good season elsewhere.
Pointless to add veterans (say Vanek or even Kovalchuk) who do good on the PP and give them high percentage of offense zone starts at even strength, which Hitchcock won't do that.
No it's better to put out players who can't pass a puck for offense zone starts or dump the puck in when you already have possession of the puck in hopes you can get the puck back. Wouldn't want to enter the other team's zone with the puck consistently, would create more scoring chances.
Sit back and wait for the other team to make mistakes, so any team with speed does good against the Stars. How does that help out in a league that's built on speed, skill, passing, puck possession, playing younger players?
There is no reason why this team should have missed the playoffs.
Nothing but consistent underachieving, terrible coaching and complete organization failures when it comes to developing players.
Ruff's coaching made it seem like all the players were awful defensively, Hitchcock's coaching fixed the team's defense to some extent. The team's offense is much better then it showed this season they were hindered by Hitchcock's coaching.