For a full 4 years now misguided fans of the Duck have claimed that the teams “system” is holding them back, stifling their offensive players and leading them to, well, suck. Forget that Corey Perry just won a scoring title, Teemu Selanne is on fire in his 40′s and the team got 99 points last year. Forget all that because these sad sacks who learned their hockey at a roller rink or watching their 6 year olds play for some houseleague team .. well they ignore it. They repeat that Randy Carlyle and the Duck coaching staff demanded that every puck be dumped in, that the puck remain on the perimeter at all times and that players were chastised for going to the net. LOL. These “guys” used to cite Bobby Ryan and Dan Sexton as examples of players “held back” by this system, guys who were not allowed to “freelance” and show off their “mad skills”. Well, Dan Sexton it turns out just flat sucks. And Bobby Ryan has 30-35 goals three years running and has THRIVED playing in this system.
Listen, it’s so insane I don’t even know how to state their side of the case. I’m trying to be fair, but it’s pretty hard.
Anyway, the biggest, most consistent complaint is that the team has to dump or chip the puck in when entering the offensive zone.
So, enter Bruce Boudreau and the morons have already anointed him savior, claiming the team now gets to freewheel!
ANYONE CATCH THE PREGAME INTERVIEW WITH BOUDREAU?
Q “Coach, what do you have to do to win this game”
A “Good question. First, we have to reduce or eliminate turnovers. Second, we have to get the puck in deep. Chip it in and go get it. Make them turn around and go get it”
I was waiting for him to add “so all you idiots that think this team is some great, highly skilled remake of the Edmonton Oilers glory days, get a clue. This team has to outwork opponents and not listen to stupid fans”.
Chip it in, boys!