Troy McClure wrote:But there is nothing the team can do to ice a better lineup this season. They have Honka and nothing else, and I don't think playing Honka would do all that much to change the end result of these games. But hey, if playing Honka makes everyone happy, go for it.
I'm just tired of this save the assets bullshit.
This is year 10 of saving their *fargin'* assets. Yes, ten years of playing it safe and building for the future. How the *f-bomb* can a team save their assets for ten years and have nothing in the pipeline? I mean, if it wasn't for winning the draft lottery this past season, there would be no glimmer of hope on the horizon because there isn't anyone in the system who looks ready to do a damn thing in the NHL anytime soon.
What's the *fargin'* point of playing it safe when doing so hasn't helped the team get any better? If they miss the playoffs this season, it will mean they've missed the playoffs eight of the past ten years. That's almost impossible to do. Hell, the *fargin'* Coyotes have done better over that same run, and they've been a mess for most of their existence.
The type of players I wanted them to go after were long-term additions such as Domi or Galchenyuk. Neither one was traded.
Say for Pacioretty, they asked for Coyle from the Wild according to Friedman, the Stars don't have that type of player to trade for him.
There are plenty of things that can be done, to try and make the best what they have. Spezza is poor defensively, but he needs to play more minutes, play center and play with better linemates otherwise it's just a waste. That's why playing him on line two with Benn is ideal, and if they would stop changing all the lines so often. Let the players gain chemistry.
The team is in transition, they've got many players who are so slow, they need to get faster, better puck possession, more skilled players out there.
The team's poor stretch (starting with the 2/11 Vancouver game) has started when Honka has only played one of those games. Honka to me hasn't played good this year at all, but the team is much better when he is in the lineup then if he's not playing.
When they play better teams, things such as the team's inability to get the puck out of its own zone. Results in goals against or extended time in its own end, which happens more often Pateryn's on the ice.