[quote="BF44"]In the last two games, the Blues have done everything right except in one area... putting the puck in the net. All of the coaching, instruction, drilling and bag skating in the WORLD isn't going to teach shooters how to hit the target.
Andy Murray didn't let one in from teh blue line today. Andy Murray didn't keep hitting Hedberg in the crest with pucks. Andy Murray didn't miss by 2 feet in teh shootout........
But Murray IS the coach who wants BOTH King and Janssen on his NHL roster, rather than Eller. After Eller was the BEST Blues' forward on the ice last night, Murray plays him 8.5 minutes (only 3 minutes more than Janssen-in a run of Games in which The Blues are scoring almost zilch. Eller played ZERO minutes in overtime (where a goal is needed to win). Crombeen playe 16.5 minutes, while Oshie, Berglund and Eller played less than 10. Pietrangelo helps the offence immensely. And although he makes a few mistakes (as all defencemen do (including Weaver, Colaiacovo, Sydor, Jackman and Brewer), Murray insists on overexposing their marginal "experienced D-men, while limiting Pietrangelo's minutes. There should not still be talk of sending Pietrangelo to uniors, or Eller to Peoria.
But, even more maddening than Murray's penchant for playing marginal career minor leaguers and slowed, aged over-the-hill veterans rather than young, talented rookies and 2nd year men, is his game strategy. He plays every game "not to lose", rather than to win. He tries to sit on one-goal and 2-goal leads for half a game. In overtime, -EVEN against Eastern teams, he place defence-first. The Blues will NEVER play with Killer Instinct with Murray at the helm. He is holding them down.
Kariya, Boyes,Tkachuk, McDonald, Brewer and Jackman are NOT the players that will lead The Blues to The Stanley Cup. Johnson, Pietrangelo, Rundblad, Cole, Eller, Oshie, Berglund, Perron, and maybe Backes are. Murray is not a coach to lead them to it. Let them get the NHL minutes they need to develop in decent time, while also changing the outlook and confidence of the team. Everyone should be having fun playing the game they love (not looking over their shoulders on every play worried they'll be benched for a little mistake. A player like Boyes should be benched if he's not backchecking or going full out to win battles for pucks or cover for his shiftmates. Accountability should be uniform.
I'd rather see what the kids can do (including Junland, maybe Strachan (a little), maybe a trial for Palushaj and Drazenovic), but certainly, more time for the 19-22 year olds already on the team. That won't happen at all, or the process will be strung out too long under Murray-and it will be more difficult to get a fun, winning atmosphere with Murry at the helm.
I was disappointed when he was rehired, and I'd like to see him replaced. I understand that it's early in the season, and his team did well last year. But, he's got to leave before The Blues take the next step, -so, the earlier the better. I know JD won't fire him until this season looks a lot worse. But, I think that is a mistake.