slaps wrote:How about scratching Spezza in favor of Dowling? Spezza doesn't bring much to the table, and he's not playing well enough in limited minutes to justify keeping him in, especially when he gives up goals based on horrible on-ice decisions.
Like that awesome decision Comeau made that directly resulted in the first goal against?
My point is that these coaches seem to value Hard Work and Determination over actual ability and on-ice results. Basically they're valuing something everyone can do over stuff that only a select few are capable of. Is that good coaching? And they're wasting assets.
Take Dowling. Great AHL scorer, and we're kindof *fargin'* over Austin by promoting him to the big club (and by that, we're *fargin'* over ourselves because if Texas misses the playoffs, our young guys miss out on valuable XP), but then why give him crap minutes on the 4th line with no PP time? Wasn't he brought in to beef up scoring?
Your bottom-liners may not light up the world, but they're there to chip in and not *f-bomb* things up while they're out there. Also to give your most dangerous top-liners rest. And you KNOW that if we had not been up by 3-4 goals, that Radulov and Seguin would've logged 23-25 minutes. Again. Because that's a great long-term strategy that never results in exhausted or injured players.