Sunday, September 05, 2010

This kinda bugs me....

Pats Must Play Team A Game: Coach

"When you look at our guys I think they have a real clear understanding that we're going to be a team that does everything by committee," he said. "Understanding that coming in makes for a tighter group and it makes for a group that's more apt to make our environment one of better accountability, one of better communication, one of better team in general."

Okay I normally don't comment excessively about too many things but man this article hit a nerve. While I agree with some of the things in the story but others really bug me.

Well the first thing I don't like is the title of the story.... Pats must play a team game.... Isn't hockey a team game? Weren't the 2009-10 Pats a team? From reading the article I wouldn't believe it. Just ask Kyle Mulder, Dominick Favreau, Craig Orfino, Travis Sparrow and Tyler Borstmayer (amongst others) who on occasions played as few as 1 or 2 shifts a game. How is that a team game? If you don't think a player is capable of pulling their weight why even dress them? It was agonizing sitting and watching players sit on the bench for periods at a time.

I totally understand how players are going to have to pick up the "slack" from the loss of Eberle et al. But most players will get more ice and more opportunities to shine as long as the coach doesn't shorten the bench to 2.5 lines and 4 defence every game. I guess time will tell.

That's all I'm going to say on that for tonight.




Anonymous said...

Totally agree with what you said Kevin. Perfect example of this was Tommy Hricina. The kid wanted so bad to play and show everyone what he could do but Hunt continued to play 2 line hockey. For this team to be successful it needs to roll 4 lines. No ifs ands or buts about it. This is a team game and as long as Hunt contnues with his old ways the paper this article was printed on is good for only one thing and it ain't recycling

GT said...

I totally agree with your comments Kevin. Each of those players you mentioned at one time were one of the top dogs on their team. Therefore the notion that they can't handle regular ice time is a little off. The so called marquee defenceman last year used to cough up the puck in the slot constantly and then be out there the next shift and more. The tone of that article tells our players they are second rate and will be lucky to squeek out a few wins...why don't we say they are an awesome team and help them believe.