RxBandit66 wrote: bhaw wrote:
columbia wrote:I'm not resisting. Merely pointing out that you were making a poor argument (re: Crosby's play) for doing so.
The penalties? I simply disagree that a coach can't change the way a star player acts. Is it hard? Yeah.
Also, Crosby was one example of many in my main point re: when teams play D on us, we go into angry child mode. Crosby along with a vast majority of the players are guilty of it.
I agree that at this point, perhaps only a strict disciplinarian of a coach with a structured defensive system can reverse the tide. Beyond that, key players have to start being moved, and then we're talking about blowing things up. I've always thought a new coach was the better option. For whatever reason, the players fall apart in these types of games under Bylsma, so eventually that has to fall on Bylsma, fair or not.
bhaw, you are just making way too much sense. The issue really is progress and there so clearly is regression. Just apply "the eye test". Not just results, although we are heading full steam ahead into Epic Collapse V, but the way the team reacts to adversity. Mr Madden has referred to it as "the boo boo face" and it appears way too quickly. And repeatedly. Year after year after year after year and to the same stimuli.
The reasons are clear and it is not changing and will not change with Disco. We all saw Therrien, just recently in PGH, bench PK Subban in the third period of a tie game for the type of heinous giveaway that we as Pens fans regularly witness. But Danny B is just too friendly, too much one of the guys and, worse, he is weak and the team senses it. Dan Bylsma is a poor leader. Just look at his handling of guys like Despres and Bortuzzo as compared to Orpik and Scuderi.
Rob Scuderi has been absolutely brutal. He barely competes, veers away from hits and consistently fails to defend his cage and his netminder. He is an awful example for all the young D men in this organization. He doesn't move guys away from the crease and he never makes opposing forwards pay any kind of price for gratuitous whacks at Fleury. Despres and Bortuzzo make mistakes, and they will, but they compete every shift. They take pride and defend the crease with bad intentions.
What does DB do? He has two completely different standards, benching the young guys for mistakes which are often the result of trying too hard while consistently giving ice time to the veterans, no matter how many mistakes or lazy, thoughtless plays they make. DB is weak and his double standards and failure to hold the upper echelon accountable is malfeasance of the talent he has been given.
Honestly, regrettably, I have seen more progress from the Flyers under The Chief, Craig Berube, in five months than our friendly Disco has managed in 5 years. Ironically, the Flyers turnaround really started when The Chief brought his team to Pittsburgh very early in his tenure, got every matchup he wanted all night long and dismantled Bylsma. That win, not the Emery fight, got the Flyers off the mat. Today was just a repeat and not surprising given that Bylsma had more than 2 days off between games to "prepare".
That this is on Shero is also undeniable. He has completely failed to add legit forward talent through the draft, downsized the roster for a team that allegedly wants to "grind dem *peaches* dahn" and, in a buyers market, was unable to add much needed physicality, snarl and muscle to the bottom six or add a legit top six guy to play with Sid. Most egregious, he stuck by this coaching staff after 4 abysmal playoff failures and little sign of progress.
When they flame out this spring, 66 must make the really tough choices and I hope he already has candidates in mind.