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 Re: Winds of Change [message #706703 is a reply to message #706700 ]
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Adam wrote on Sun, 07 January 2018 21:46


- the first shot fired here, and it's definitely at the players, who haven't lived up to the expectations the team had of them.

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Why has Oscar Klefbom’s game descended so far? What happened to sophomores Drake Caggiula and Matt Benning? Why have Pat Maroon and Zack Kassian not been the players they were last season? What on earth happened to Mark Letestu's usually dependable game? Why does Leon Draisaitl’s game come and go like the wind?


- That's Spector helping to lay blame at players' feet, naming names where the GM did not.



Spector represents the laziest of the lazy MSM.

Caggiula, Benning, Maroon, and Kassian are all scoring at basically the exact same rate they did last year. Benning has had his struggles, but he's a 2nd year defenceman coming off of a concussion. Chia not realizing there was risk there is entirely his own fault. Leon has been fine, not worth $8.5MM, but that's also on Chia. Letestu found lightning in a bottle last year on the PP - he was 11th in PP goals in the NHL!! I'm not sure what to say if Chia was expecting him to repeat that. He had 18 EV pts last year. He's on pace for 13 this year. Not great, but not a huge drop off.

He mentions the Eberle trade as a "sore spot for fans", as if he doesn't really think it was a bad deal (and I'm pretty sure he doesn't given his comments about Eberle being mentally weak), and then immediately shifts the blame saying that the "downgrade in wingers has been exacerbated by all the regulars having poor seasons". Except they haven't. Lucic's numbers are about the same, RNH already has 15 goals and 30 points, he only scored 18/43 last year.

Klefbom has had a tough year for sure, but I would say Chia's decision to not replace Sekera at all has had a way bigger impact.

This isn't about the players not playing up to expectations, not by a long shot.



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