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I have been a fan of RF and BP during their brief tenure. I believe we are at a crucial point in regards to the organization and much of it may depend on how the Ward/Staal situation is handled. I would of like BP to have given Lack more starts to determine if Lack is the guy who deserves more ice time. Perhaps it was giving Ward one last chance to prove his worth in a contract year?  

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Something very worrisome to me is this team's lack of improvement offensively.  Coaching is all about adjusting.  Adjusting your lineup, adjusting your gameplans, etc.  There's been no adjustment on our offensive approach.  We seem to have no plan offensively.  We just move the puck along the boards, shoot low percentage shots, and hope for rebounds.  Very seldomly are our players making moves towards the center of the ice, and no one player is consistently getting in front of the net.  Our power plays lacks energy, nobody moves around, it doesn't outwork other team's PK.  

 

Also, down a goal with 25 seconds left in the game, Nordstrom has no business being on the ice, I don't care how good that line was.  He's not maximizing our player's offensive abilities.

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There are just too many games where the Canes don't look ready to compete.Either our players are simply not good enough to play BP's system, or they just don't care, but something needs to be done. Other than the potential of the young defence,this team shows nothing to be hopeful about. NJ has a new coach,a new gm,a fairly unimpressive roster,but they are competing for a playoff spot.The Canes have dug a deep hole,but with alll the changes that have to be made, I don't think they have hit bottom,yet. As discouraged as I am, I can't imagine what sth are feeling.

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As discouraged as I am, I can't imagine what sth are feeling.

 

I feel nothing.  This is what happens when you are numb.

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I feel just like I felt last year at this time. I go to the game hoping for a win, or to score more than one goal, but expecting nothing.

I hope your loyality will be rewarded.

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Both RF and BF are too soon to tell.

 

My hunch is that they both prove to be very good. Hard to say that now, but look at it this way:

 

Players:

 

We are playing entirely with JR's forwards. Underperforming.

We are already starting to see Francis' defenseman: Hanifin, Slavin, Pesce now, and looking quite good in the wings: Fleury and McKeown. (And imagine if Wiz was out there).

 

Coach:

 

Has shot attempts, Possession, and Shots against improving. Has defense coming together. Cannot get forwards clicking. Terrible PP (though was much better last year). While this is a legitimate complaint, neither could our last coaches. Needs more forward talent/speed.

 

So both GM and coach must solve the forward sklll/speed issue, but have started w/ Defense. They need to be given a chance to improve the offense before writing them off.

 

Also, on coach, no WAY should we fire another coach while Eric Staal is still wearing the sightless eye.

Edited by remkin

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We are playing entirely with JR's forwards. Underperforming.

 

Technically, yes.  But I've seen it repeated here many times that Lindy was RF's choice that JR approved.

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