owtahear wrote:1) Obviously, early exits, two playoff defeats after leading series 3-1. Since the Cup run in 2009, the Pens are 4-6 in series losses, all losses to a lower seed, and the 4 series wins were Columbus, Ottawa (twice) and New York Islanders.
It's about how they lost, more than the fact they lost, for me.
owtahear wrote:2) Not adjusting tactics. "Get to our game". "Get to our game". Just repeat, rinse, repeat. Great in the regular season, but when you have to match up in a 7 game series, there has not ever been an answer to when adversity happens.
Bzzt. Wrong. This has been disproven so many times that it's just word vomit for me to repeat it at this point. If you can't see a tangible difference in the way the team plays nightly I have no idea what to tell you. Watch the Columbus series and the Rangers series. Fundamental on-ice differences in D-zone coverage, and the breakout.
owtahear wrote:3) Not protecting Sid. I am not saying get Dave Semenko on his wing, but someone in the bottom 6 or bottom 2 defense pair and commit the hockey equivalent of the Hammurabi Code, "an eye for an eye". In Game 5, after Sid getting beat on, I would have had someone beat the dead mother out of Martin St. Louis. Or Staal. Or Pouillot or Brassard. But again, another series, another series of abusing Sidney.
Meh, I could go either way on this. I'm not playing Tanner Glass with Sidney Crosby for "protection." The idea of "protection" in the NHL is a myth.
owtahear wrote:4) Not developing young players. 82 game season. Basically clinching in December, Despres is continually and constantly jerked around. He makes a mistake, back to WB/S. Borts makes a mistake, in the press box. Scuds or Engelland.....more ice time. Beau Bennett when not injured, if he is going to play, it is going to be as a checking line winger, instead of a top 6. How many years have they done this. I don't know how Olli Maatta escaped this fate.
Yeah, this is bad. What's just as bad is the organizations track record in drafting and developing forwards. This is an organization-wide fail. The fall of Dan Bylsma, ultimately, goes hand in hand with his tendency to favor guys that remind him of Dan Bylsma.
owtahear wrote:5) Jerome Iginla. You were handed Jerome Iginla. Your answer is to play a HOFer on his off wing or on a 3rd line role. He didn't resign and scored 30 goals and 65 points this year as a member of the most productive line in hockey. You treated Iginla as if he was Brian Gibbons.
Crosby and Malkin had way more to do with this than anyone is willing to understand. And Iginla doesn't care about playing the off-wing. He's a HOF guy for a reason. He killed it for us that playoff run.
owtahear wrote:6) Your too attachment to players like you, a AAAA player, fringe NHLer/AHLer. You need some role players, but they need to fill specific bottom 6 roles, not just merely "try hard". 7) Over reliance on veterans. Again, if you worked with Despres, Bennett, Vitale, whoever...maybe the Pens don't feel the need to sign a Scuderi or resign an Adams or even Dupuis because the young guys are ready and proved it.
Mentioned this above. One in the same really.
owtahear wrote:8) Playing the "system" instead of the "score". How do you not go to a simple trap when you have a 2-3 goal lead in the playoffs is beyond me. But you are "getting to your game".
Again, not accurate. The Penguins played a 2-3 trap several times against the Jackets, each resulting in a goal. They weren't good at it, and it appeared they were confused. The defense sat back in the backside of the trap too much and allowed way too much space for guys to carry it in. I cannot agree with this at all.
owtahear wrote:9) Motivating your stars. They should be able to motivate themselves, but great coaches get the most out of their best players. Simple as that.
If those guys need motivating it's time for them to find a new job.
owtahear wrote:10) Failure. You just didn't learn. Failure is acceptable if you learn from it.
He got beat by the same system no less than three times in the playoffs. Unacceptable.