Saturday, October 24, 2009

Blackhawks Put The Stranglehold On Our Only Offense: Our Defense


This one is going to be short.

The Blackhawks, even with Toews and Seabrook out, kept our boys from doing...well...anything.  A stalemate in the 1st, 2 against in the 2nd, nada again in the 3rd, fin'.  Huet got a shutout for crying out loud.

The Preds face their former owner in St. Paul on Wednesday, as well my favorite pair of Zeds.

Fire Trotz.

"Wow, that was abrupt," you might be thinking.  My only argument is a system that a coach refuses to change when we have a team of players that require another system in order to produce.  This is coming from a fan that photoshopped "the Juggertrotz" due to his ability to make something out of seemingly nothing.  The golden eggs stopped two years ago - so something should be done about it.  We need offense...we need it in spades.  We need the young forwards to go forward, not to be held back.  Trotz doesn't like doing that.  Yeh, and I don't like losing.

I don't think that I'm alone in this.



Thanks to Dirk from OnTheForecheck for mentioning my incensed post-Huet-shutout argument on what we should do to get things done.

" be honest, I think it fits better with the Minnesota front office, which is trying to implement a new system with the same tired cast of characters." 

I'll admit that I'm not familiar with the inner goings-on of the Wild, nor the inner-workings of our Ads (who reportedly have one of the best PP units, but I'll get to them in a moment).  The Wild are suffering through injuries to their top gun(s) and are in a similar position as the Preds, though they at least tried to make big moves in the off season to both the offense and defense to little avail.  

Looking at the Ads' numbers, they're not doing spectacular (official website says 3-3-0), possibly to the revolving door we've got going with them, causing strategies to be readjusted at the drop of a hat.  Sadly, the Preds can only try different pieces within Trotz's "stick to the system" puzzle so many times only to find them almost as inadequate.  The Preds continue to struggle in a stagnant system, the Ads continue to do the same because we just can't get enough of spinning that door for our amusement, and we don't make the playoffs for the second year in a row.  

I'd love to see Barry get his head out of the sand and try a new system and stick with it for a handful of games - the tired cast has potential to do damage (sans #10, #2... and a couple others), it just needs the right wrench to be thrown into the works.  I just don't see that happening.  What else can an organization do when the coaching staff is just as stubborn in their ways as Erat is when he's in control of the puck?

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