<br /><br />Petey,<br /><br />You're 100% correct. He's wearing out his welcome. Defense sucks, and they don't play as a team. Same thing happened right before Therrian was fired. Team defense seriously blows. Need a guy who stresses offensive pressure but limits turnovers and also defesive mistakes. They surely have the talent. But losing to shit**** bag teams is out of control.
It is easier for a 24-yr-old youngster to show energy for 60 minutes, than it is for a 32-yr-old veteran.
What do you mean? Crosby, Neal, and Letang are all 25, Malkin is 26, Sutter is 23, Despres is 21, Niskanen is mid-20's. They have plenty of young talent. They are only 6 games into the season. They had a day off. There is no reason they played like they did yesterday. They were just lazy, unfocused, and unwilling to play hard. The Red Wings were an old team when they had great regular seasons year after year and went to the Finals in back-to-back years. They just had guys willing to put in an effort.
igloo, good point, but my comments are based off of more than the last 2 games. Basically since Sid came back last year and especially the playoffs. Nobody can watch that playoff series and think they were a disciplined team.
Dustin Jeffrey skated with Malkin and Neal during line rushes at Wednesday's practice. The third line consisted of Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tanner Glass, while the fourth line had Craig Adams-Joe Vitale-Tyler Kennedy.Doesn't seem to be slowing down with the full-strength line changes.. Continuity doesn't seem to be a word written on Bylsma's whiteboard
my feeling is bring the kid Bennett up, he has the speed and skill to skate w/ Crosby JMHO.
By all accounts, talent isn't the question. It's more whether he is physically mature enough to handle the NHL. This is only his first year of professional hockey, so he probably needs to bulk up a little bit. We'll probably get a look at him at some point this year though. He's probably the first forward that they would call up.
I don't know about the contracts either. Despres might be the only one that can be sent down without having to clear waivers. Maybe Vitale.