AGENT ZERO wrote:I'm very curious Courage, what do you think the problem is. Are the kids entitled pricks or has management assembled a flawed group or some mixture of the two? And more to the point, do you think that it is salvageable for this season?
Yeah, I think there’s a bit of both and that they’re related issues. Why Freddie is struggling is anyone’s guess, but that’s another factor. I think the way the team plays hasn’t helped him much either.
I don’t know what you mean by salvageable but we’re all in on some *win now* sorts of pieces and I don’t think this team will win squat. I think they can get themselves into the playoffs because teams below them are also struggling in puzzling ways, and just on sheer scoring talent alone they’re bound to win some more games. But, even if Rielly does get himself back and up to speed, I don’t see a good team - say Tampa, Boston, Pittsburgh or even Washington - not picking apart our weaknesses over the course of a long series. There’s too many poor habits to break at pace and on the fly. We just don’t have the horses on D to give us solid top 4 minutes. I mean, when Ron Hainsey looks like a better partner for Rielly than anything you’ve got, you’ve got problems with your D. Plus, no team will go very far without goaltending, especially one like this that gives up chances almost by design. If Freddie can’t find himself we know how this turns out.
While you can’t just take a gimme on a season with a team like this and with all the blood and treasure spent to put it together, if I’m Dubas, even if I’m publicly bullish I’m thinking medium to long term going into the deadline for the most part. I get the Malgin add with Johnsson, etc out and because it only cost a 24 year old guy who just can’t make the jump and actually gained you some age capital, if you get my meaning. But, I wouldn’t be playing fast and loose in the deadline market.