Re: First Coach Fired
posted at 10/7/2013 1:15 PM EDT
In response to kelvana33's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Other than just because it's Philly, why do they need to win now, kel? They have a very young core with the Schenns at 22 and 23, Voracek at 24, Giroux, Simmonds and Mason at 25, and Read 27. Hartnell's getting up there at 31. Only Lecavalier, Streit, Emery (barely), Timonen, Hartnell and Hall are over 30. I'd say they're much closer to the final stages of a rebuild than a "win now" situation.
If Holmgren goes to Snyder and says "I want to hire Mike Keenan" the first words out of Snyder's mouth should be "you're fired". He'd destroy that base, which should be a very solid base to build on if they just do the smart thing and solidify the back end.
Are you not entertained?!?!
The have the young core like you mentioned, went out and got Streit,Lecavalier and Emery. The made those moves to win now. They fired the coach 3 games into the season because they want to win now. With that fanbase in that market, they've had a alot of dissapointing endings recently.
See, to me, that says they want
to win now, not that they need
to win now. Need to win now would be that they have a glut of top players coming to UFA status at the same time, or that they have a cornerstone player or two who is declining or will decline in the very near future. WANT to win now is when you do dumb things to chase a dream that's really not within reach. So as shupe said, you sign Lecavalier because he's a good player, but he's not really a player you need. You get Streit because your defense is weak, and he's an upgrade, but he doesn't really address how flawed that D is. They got Emery to replace Bryz because they needed a vet because they don't trust Mason. Who does?
Not sure where I'd start with this Flustercluck if I were to replace Holmgren. I wonder if there's a deal to be made that could change the fortunes of this team. Is this a case where a better goalie makes the team less afraid to make mistakes, and so better across the board? You'd also have to think about the overall PC approach: how do you want to play, and are there minor league deals you could make to acquire players who fit that style better than the style of their current organization? Gotta work in some rooks, if not this year, next year. Either Emery or Mason stays and maybe Stolarz gets the back up role? Or they both go and you bring in Miller to start while Stolarz learns? Similar idea for NHL deals. You have too many 1-2 line players who, except for Giroux and maybe Voracek, are different but not qualitatively different. None of them are also top notch defensive players. You don't have a checking line. You go 3 lines that are basically scoring lines and then Rinaldo, Rosehill, Nwbury or Hall. Create some identty and clear roles by moving out your version of Wheeler, whoever that proves to be, for a solid D and a defensively capable centre.