Sarcastic wrote:There are notable differences between the rosters when we won the cup and around that time, and in the last two years. So much of what we had has been stripped down by Shero. We had 2 or 3 offensive D at a time (gonchar, whitney, letang, gogo). We had great character, whether it is a guy like guerin or roberts. We had huge Hal and a real shutdown pair of defensemen. We had so much additional grit with talbot, rupp, asham, ruutu and others. Those were teams that were hard to play against. I believe we were in the top 3 in the league in size. I think we even had the most fighting majors one year. We would out-score, out-hit, out-pressure opponents. I think - just doing it off the top of my head so excuse me if got something mixed up - we were #3 in defense one season.
That's all gone. Instead of guerin or roberts, shero brings in sullivan, god knows why. Never replaces gonchar or his shot or pp ability. We lost so much size and grit in the last few years, it's mind-boggling.
I have no use for guys like tangradi, vitale, or jeffrey. They are fringe nhl players, imo, and probably better suited for the minors. If you don't score or are a Selke candidate, be big and nasty. Those guys provide nothing.
Staal's gone and so is offense from the 3rd.
I'm sorry to alarm anyone but I am just telling what I see. IMO, Shero is as much to blame for everything that is happening with this team, as anyone else. His obsession with a smaller, puck-control team, has a major flaw. We don't have the skill like the Red Wings did a few years ago with D-men who could join in and shoot or skill players on all 3 lines.
There aren't that many great teams in the East, so at least that's one thing we have going for us. To be honest, I find Boston more entertaining to watch than the Penguins.
I don't think it would be smart for Shero to wait until the deadline because we aren't just one or two pieces away from a full roster, imo, but probably about 5. I would maybe wait for a big fish and a blackbuster dead until then, but it is time to start moving some pieces right now.
I agree 100%. You and I, and a few others have been saying this for over a year. This roster is nothing like what Shero said he would build when he got the job. We are not hard to play against or in your face, or nasty. Most of the roster is under 6 feet, not intimidating or hard to play against in terms of tempo and style.
I think during the two cup runs Shero/Bylsma became obsessed with the Detroit model. Only skill that matters on D is skating and pick movement. Hitters, crease clearers, big tough D are not valued here. Big forwards that play a power game are less desirable than little water bugs that fly around the zone and swat pucks around.
We need more Gary Roberts, Ruutu, Guerin. Guys that had a role and filled it.
Looking at this roster, I see a lot of hitters that don't hit. A lot of potential agitators that don't agitate, a lot of guys with the exact same skill set that aren't thriving of blossoming.
How can we have Glass, Adams, Cooke, TK, Kunitz, Jeffery, Tangradi, Vitale on the ice on the same night and we still sense s lack of energy, passion, and grit? Something is amiss.