spi wrote:There has to be something wrong with him because he is not the dominant player he has showed for 2.5 seasons. Something is holding him back from winning lose pucks and battling on the boards. His decision making stinks right now too. I agree that if he has something nagging him, hold him out of the atlanta game
I honestly believe that Sid puts a TREMENDOUS amount of pressure on himself. He's clearly not a happy-go-lucky guy. He's all about drive, passion and the will to win. There's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you need to vent that steam and relax a little bit to be truly effective.
However, all of that can also really cause a ton of tension when Sid doesn't get chances to score, or gets robbed by a hot goaltender or hits a post, etc. When that tension starts to rise, Sid forces things. He forces bad passes, passes up great scoring chances, etc. Much like Staal, and I hope this doesn't get me flamed, I believe that Sid has a confidence problem right now.
The skill is still there and even when he's off of his game Sid is still a point-per-game player. It just seems like Sid doesn't have that characteristic smile as much when he's out on the ice nowadays and I tend to think that is causing him the most trouble.