BurghersAndDogsSports wrote:Ok fine, the flyers blew up their team, great.
And the pens have one "effective" pk'er in their top 9 forwards. Their 4th line is old or slow or both.
4 of their defensive players can't play in their zone. And their top 6 wingers can't help grind out games and other than Neal show only evidence of regressing next season due to age or the playoffs.
But this team ( that has already been to two cup finals and won a cup) and is full of veterans will mature next year and be hungry?
The pens had an inflated record do to incredible higher end talent and a goalie playing out of his mind. Other than the winning streak they had many poor stretches in the regular season. They need major personnel changes to win the cup, not a dose of mental medicine.
They need to retool a big part of their roster.
Yes they need mental medicine, Giroux went to laviolette in game 6 and said he wanted the 1st shift. He went out laid Crosby on his ass then scored, and they never looked back. The is hunger to win, that is passion, that is a winner mentality. Thats not somethign you can coach, you can't coach want and desire. We have a lot of proud players on this team. Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Orpik, Kunitz.
This defeat can prove better then any major roster change, We have the talent on this team to do things, i agree the 4th line is to slow. We need younger legs that can grind teams down. I agree somewhat on teh grit in the top 6, we need more balance, Malkins line had the bodies that could bang, Crosby's was more about speed and skill, thatneeds to balance out. Be it shifting Kunitz back to Crosby line and moving stall to play with malkin and neal. Or putting Staal with Dupius and Crosby.
We go out and get a third line center that allows stall to move into the top six. Cooke is still an effective third line player and PKer (even if you choose not to see it). and Kennedy is a little spark plugs that bangs bodies, cycles well and can scorer. Add a player like guastad and we still have the best third line in hockey.
Retooling the 4th line, get younger and bigger. Vitale - Tangradi - Jeffery. Thats a young 4th line that will hit people and has some skill to it
I have no problem with trading one of the Martin & Michelek combo, but not both, they are not bad players. A system change could do wonders. Resign matt Niskanen, i liked when we traded for him. He has high end talent and just need the focus off of him for him to grow into a good defensmen. He will be better next year, bring up despress and play him on the bottom pair and let him grow. Keep Lovejoy, he sucks yes, but he is a serviceable 7th defensmen and can play bottom pair if someome gets hurt. Bring in a vertern D men at the deadline next year to shore up the bottom pair. Reunite Orpik and Letang, Orpik has loss a slight step, Letang covers for him.
Sign a backup goalie, Johnson went from being a solid back up to sucking. Weird that it happened so quickly.
So the way i see it, one trade of a dmen and signing a solid third line center & back up goalie. That alone make us easy cup favorite next year.
Mental make up is a huge part of the game, its the reason why some teams play a complete 60 mins and others only play 40.