Here are some interesting quotes from past/present Pens about HCDB's system:
“When it works,” former Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy said, “it looks so pretty.”
“It wasn't the right system for me,” Lovejoy said.
“It's complex,” Lovejoy said. “They're so talented that they usually pull it off. They have people who do it very, very well.”
Lovejoy explained that, when it is clicking on all cylinders, the Penguins' system is a thing of beauty. One minor mistake, though, can create a disaster.
“We use so much more puck support in San Jose,” he said. “We were more about getting the puck out and taking care of our own end.”
“With the system they use in Pittsburgh,” former Penguins forward Brenden Morrow said, “they like to make the puck do most of the work.”
“We definitely use a safer style,” Morrow said. “A lot more puck support. That doesn't mean Pittsburgh's system doesn't work. They have the speed and talent to pull it off. But it's not easy. And I didn't have the speed to make it work with my game.”
“Our forwards are so good,” defenseman Paul Martin said. “It's basically drilled into our heads that we are to get them the puck as quickly as possible.”
“As a player,” Martin said, “you have to realize that some of those plays aren't always there. So there are times when you really can't rush things.”
“I like it,” Martin said. “So much of it is timing. We have to be on the same page. But it's an aggressive style, and I think it gives us a chance to do a lot of good things.”http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/byl ... yof/nfZwk/
The Pens played a style that twice got them to the SCF and won a cup. It is beyond stupid to scrap a winning formula to play what amounts to pond hockey for five years - against all conventional hockey wisdom. Pure arrogance.