Great58 wrote: DropEmJayBird wrote:
Idoit40fans wrote:Reports that Rierden told Martin that they assume they are going to play in the offensive zone substantiate that.
He basically did, I posted the article earlier in the thread. I was amazed to hear that coming from Reirden.... it was eye opening... the penguins did not spend much time on defensive zone coverage because their forwards always have the puck.... blew my mind.
I didn't interpret that quote to mean they they didn't work on defensive zone coverage issues. I believe he was just stating what he thought was a fact: that their defensive zone time was low due to their puck possessing forwards. Turns out he was incorrect in that premise, as the Pens had one of the worst Corsi rating of the playoff teams (18th in the league). But I didn't take that quote to imply the Penguins coaching staff felt it wasn't an area worthy of addressing.
True, on second reading - he probably means they don't spend much time in the defensive zone during a game, but for him to provide that as an answer when the new assistant is asking him what changes they've put in place the past year... eh seems kind of odd.
I guess what I don't know is what Reirden's philosophy is personally and what exactly has he been asked to do by the FO. They may have told him "we want the puck out of our zone asap, retrieve it and move it to the forwards before the other team can apply pressure." That's great and all, but what happens when teams like the islanders, flyers take away those stretch passes selling out with their speed, or a team like the bruins just sit back and wait? Worse yet - what happens when we don't get the puck out - and have to rely on defensive zone coverage. The results and a quote like this lead me to believe it may not have been a team focus.