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  1. We need a whole lot more than size and grit to play the way we are now and win. There has go to be ways of playing with what we have that can win. How do I know? We played very exciting, interesting hockey for a couple of weeks. We let a couple of goals by Florida that we couldn't overcome, take us out of our game and right back into the old way. Regarding grit, it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's that size of the fight in the dog. Or is Ruutu 6'-4 and 235 lbs?
  2. When we play well, we are hitting appropriately. When we play well, we are in control of the puck. When we play well, we look like an NHL hockey team, not a beer league club getting drubbed. When we are not playing well, we are not hitting period. Our guys skate off the hits instead of delivering them. I'm not on the ice but it's as if they've been coached that way OR they don't want to hit, OR they are afraid of retaliation. I hope to high heaven it's not the latter. When we are not playing well, we are not controlling the puck. What are the signs and symptoms? Long diagonal passes that Are intercepted OR We wind up in a 1v2 OR Our skater takes a big hit on the boards. Vertical play that is SOOO predictable Resulting in turn overs No opportunity scrums Standing around watching Defensive panic with "get rid of it" attitude that is not a part of good hockey I don't get it. We are right back to playing the same uninspired hockey we were playing before, what I thought, was going to be a new day. Mo said "No dump and chase" but that's all I saw against Ottowa (except when Samsonov or Corvo had the puck.) I can see why Seidenberg spent so much time in the press box as a healthy scratch, now. His reckless passes and play with the puck that is so not what we are capable of. His play is top notch beer league right now. Why in this world would he leave Dany Wheatley uncovered to "help out" Joni Pitkanen? That bonehead play set the tone for the Ottawa game. How could his teammates help but be dejected? HELP !!!
  3. You guys need to have some mercy. It's hard enough keeping up with the UNC Wolfpack and the NC State Tarheels without being expected to keep up with the Florida Hurricanes, too.
  4. What I had to say wasn't aimed at anyone in particular. It was a general memory of, not only what you said but also what has been said by others on PGA on game day thread. I do appreciate your clarifying what you meant. I wouldn't argue that Mo has a system, but instead, his selection of playing style reflects a philosophy. As some others have said, he is installing a style of play from the defense out. We do seem to be doing more dump it in and dig it out but that could be lack of implementation of any philosophy than an opted style. My minds eye seems to remember less of that with the Staal line and more with the the 3rd and 4th lines. That would make sense with the lessor skilled lines. I also believe that an over-simplification or narrow characterization of what Mo, Ron & Tom are doing with this team would be short-sighted. I thought our passes had more steam last night than I can remember. Not only are our boys getting more confidence in themselves, but more confidence in each other.
  5. Let me see if I got this straight. Some fans are saying that dump and chase, frequent icing, losing hockey was exciting while responsible, play it out of the back winning hockey is boring? Nice try but I'm not convinced. Someone else thinks that dump and chase, frequent icing, sling the puck blindly around the boards, hockey played the same way with a different body behind the bench would somehow miraculously turn into winning hockey. There is a wealth of hockey knowledge on this board and many posts are gems. Unfortunately one has to sift through a lot of rubbish to find those gems. We aren't playing "Mo style" hockey. TomMoRon are installing a sound and responsible game of hockey that has been the winning formula for successful hockey since before most of us were born. It's the same hockey that has thwarted us and defeated us for the last 2 years. And no, you won't see it in places that are perennial losers like we had become. IMNSHO
  6. Oh, so you don't think JR rewards hard work by lavishing money on the player at the end of the season? Me either. I like the work that Chad is doing, but reward him with more money and keep high draft picks in the minors makes no sense to me. While we are handing out Kudos, does anyone think these 2 guys did it all on their own? Coaches Tom B. and Ron f. had something to do with their success.
  7. I know which lane to get in off EM and traffic flows smoothly until we get to the left turn onto the loop that circles the RBC where we experience a few glitches. When we get to the first General parking lot (past the Premier lot) the trouble starts. It's a *edit* shoot whether or not you get in the lot nearest the West Entrance or get sent down to the lot on the north side. It's a long walk for my wife who has a bad ankle and I'm huffing and puffing. It used to be we could make a request of the gatekeeper but recently he said the guys on the roof would make trouble for him. See my previous post for what dastardly thing I did. Could a monitor please tell me what is so terrible about a "c r a p" shoot? Do you really think that warrants an *edit*
  8. My post wasn't an argument for keeping Kaberle, my post as an argument for saving the ridicule -- perhaps for your own job performance. "I assume that this is said with an attempt at humor, but honestly, this kind of cheap-shot disrespect for a player of any skill level fundamentally upsets me." Please don't insult my intelligence by trying to pass off what dj had to say as bonafide critique of Kaberle's value. It was the kind of comment that could get you a long-neck broken on your head in some places I've been.
  9. I assume that this is said with an attempt at humor, but honestly, this kind of cheap-shot disrespect for a player of any skill level fundamentally upsets me. Kaberle isn't playing all the badly now. The guy gave up his body and played thru injury in the Cup run and to top it off, he hit the game winner in game 7 of the finals. Without Kaberle's goal, none of us would enjoy the bragging rights we enjoyed during the cup year. I don't know if the rest of you are laughing at the ridicule piled on Kaberle, but I for one am disgusted and embarrassed by it. It would be a just fate if we NEVER moved Kaberle. :angry:
  10. To those who took the time to post -- and many took more time and gave more thought than I expected -- thank you. I enjoyed reading all the posts... except those that were critical of my Sufi story. Were I to do it over again, the Sufi story would not be in there. It missed the point all together or the point of the Sufi story was missed all together. Either way, I regret it was included. For those who might be interested, the Sufi story is a parable-like story that is illustrative of "transformational learning--a form of education that, to simplify, involves distinguishing fact and one's own opinions of fact--a concept which while seemingly obvious is one that often requires years of intentional practice to master and transmit effectively to others." (Mike Klein, flightKL18 blog) Fact: the Sufi was beating the sick man with a stick. Opinion of fact:.... well, you get the point, right? Fact: I don't have years of intentional practice distinguishing fact and my own opinions of fact Opinion of fact: ?????? (This is an opportunity for some such as my friend, frozen tadpole, to have the last word.)
  11. How do you think the NY fans are going to like "Dump and Chase?" Ask the Islander fans what they think. Peter coached the Islanders, you know. I think if you'll hang tight, the Lavi opinions will start to roll in from you folks. I wouldn't trust our opinion on hockey too much. Many of us didn't want Joe Corvo, Sergei Samsonov or Tuomo Ruutu and look how they are doing. Be sure to check back next week for an entirely different opinion.
  12. You people (that's how the parking gestapo thinks of us) seem to think that the parking is operated for the fans. When are you going to get it straight that the parking is operated for the attendants. There are some suits (men in charge) located on the roof of the RBC and they radio down to the 'gatekeepers' when to stop letting the cars into a certain lot. The gatekeepers are scared shirtless of the Suits on the roof. I really PO'd one of the gatekeepers when he pulled that "move along to the next lot" thing on me. I went right on by just as he was directing me to and then turned up the second lane. My wife said he was having a hissy fit. She wasn't too pleased that I had disobeyed the parking attendants but not as displeased as when I disobey her.
  13. The good news is that the PK and the PP are next on the list. First should come the work on the 5v5, then and only they does the special work begin. 4v4 is a different breed of cat as well. Seems Mo has a plan. What a concept. Do you like his cool demeaner? The lack of panic is carrying over to the play on the ice as well.
  14. Well said. Defensemen don't need to be over on the boards hitting to be hitting. I like our forwards doing the hitting. Out of position? No real cost. Defense is about responsibility and postition or so it seems to me.
  15. I tend to "take the high road" too -- when it's somebody else's financial future.
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