Re: Loui and the third line ?
posted at 1/22/2014 10:56 AM EST
This guy couldn't play with Sid or Malkin.... Wow!!!
Yeah, okay Alicia Silverstone, let me help you with this.
12 points in his first 10 playoff games with the Pens is not "couldn't play with" Malkin. And let's be clear that he was on with Malkin, not Crosby. Then the whole team tripped on its junk against the Bruins...but sure, blame that on Iginla not being able to play with Crosby. Even in the regular season, the guy had 11 points in 13 games including 4 PPG. But yeah, he was a phantom.
Now for your plan to juggle things around just to get individuals going regardless of how the team is doing. You want to see Eriksson on the PP? Want to see him switch lines with Iginla? Explain how that helps the team. Telling me "well, Iginla's not doing so hot" doesn't explain why you give the ice to Eriksson. If Iginla's a problem on the PP, why not give the ice to the forward with the most PPG - Smith - or the leading goal-scorer - Marchand? No, no...let's give it to Eriksson to "try to get him going." And somehow all of the criticism of Iginla's PP performance goes by without a mention of the words "Geoff Ward". When was the last time you saw them run a play designed to give Iginla a one timer in a legit scoring area - not outside the dot where they seem to stick him now?
That whole Fat Elvis line is in a hole right now. Krejci is 4 for 2014 (8 games), Lucic 3. But yeah, let's rip Iginla. Yeah, he's been losing battles and the puck a lot more frequently recently. But remember when Marchand couldn't stop falling down? How's he doing now? And how did that happen? Did they give him a whole bunch of time on the PP? Did they switch him with Fat? No. You know what they did, because it's their team philosophy and a key to their success? They left him where he was and let him play his way out of it. They continued to play a strong team game and provide stability for all of the players so that they can find their rhythm and chemistry. Stupid, right? You should help guys pump up their stats!
When Eriksson came back from the second concussion, Julien put him on the third line to get his legs back. Less pressure, less responsibility to score. Put him in a spot where he can contribute and have some success. Didn't chuck him into situations where you're basically saying we expect you to score. In a nutshell, that's the difference between how this Bruins regime has done things and what you're asking them to do.
Well according to the powers that be that run the Canadian Oylmpic hockey team thinks that there's nobody who can actually play with Crosby in all of Canada except Chris Kunitz. In 2010...Crosby wasn't clicking with "anybody" except Iginla who assisted on the Gold Medal Winner btw.