Re: Wideman is so Bad this year...
posted at 4/4/2010 11:37 AM EDT
In Response to Wideman is so Bad this year...
Missing the puck.... Missing the net..... Turning it over..... Hanging out teammates with horrible passes... If there was ever a time for this guy to step up this year it was tonight.....so far he is just horrible as usual.
Posted by TuukkainNet
and you forgot one more, denting his team mates with his shots from the point.
I think the arguments on both sides of this overlook the fundamental problem here.
He IS SKILLED. No question about that. He is NOT a minor leaguer. The problems are the a) mental mistakes, b) brain farts, (c) bad decisions and (d) fundamentals ignored, forgotten or never learned. So when a fan looks at it, his shot intentionally (?) 4 feet wide might be just another wild shot from the point.
All NHL players commit the a b c and d sins above, but Wideman does them more frequently. It frustrates me to death to watch him. He's not a big guy, he doesn't hand out punishing checks, defensively he should be playing way more conservatively. When he gets time in his own end he can make that nice crisp pass out of the zone, but when he lacks time he will make a poor quick decision- or when he get TOO MUCH time he starts thinking, and when he thinks he weakens the nation.
Really, get out the dusty old Howie Meeker how to play hockey videos and remind him of the basics, make sure your skates are on the ice, make sure you have control of the puck etc. They benched him 2 years ago and then claimed they 'cured' him of the river boat gambling, yet I've see him do it hundreds of times since.
Last night he blocked the Phaneuf shot and put it on Orr's stick for the Leafs goal. Problem 1 - do not block shots with your hands or even worse - your stick so that you tip it into your own goal. True, he averted disaster by not putting it in his own goal outright, but he gave up a juicy rebound and would have been in a better position had he not blocked it. Matter of fact, 95% Rask could have gloved it easily and the play would have been dead right there.
True, could have happened to any defenseman in the league, but it seems to happen to Dennis all the time.