glen a richter wrote:
Who's to say if we actually had an "elite" scorer, he'd actually score? Let's take the Rangers as an example. They had Gaborik, have Nash, have Richards, Callahan could probably pot a bunch of goals and so, I think, could Hagelin. But in Torts system, they couldn't do shit because he was defense, defense, defense. Shot blocking, sacrifice the body, and the goal scorers were stifled. Hitchcock runs a similar system, minus the sideshow pressers. How do you know we won't go out and trade for Crosby, Stamkos and Tavares and the three of them turn into defensive phenoms who can't score more than 15 goals apiece? We're better off, if Hitch stays on, to have as many guys as possible who can score 15-20 goals a season than stay basically as is, add an expensive goalscorer and watch his numbers plummet because he's playing a defense first system. What this team really needs is a leader who won't allow them to play 2 good periods and 1 lousy one, or take off the last 2 minutes of each period. How many games did we see them lose because they couldn't put together a full 60 minutes?
1. Torts is to the Rangers what Mike Keenan was to us. If I had a coach like that, I'd demand to be traded. Guy's a jerk and his coaching has led to disaster from a Rangers team that should be a perennial threat for the Cup.
2. The problem we have is that there is no clear-cut 'job' people. Even our best D is being relied on to score goals as well, where it should be the forwards carrying that weight. Our brightest days came from when we have those people; Oates assisted, Hull scored, etc. One of the big exceptions was Al, who was so awesome he scored and played D because he's Al. The people you listed are not known as deep D people, they score. Sure they can play some D, but they're forwards, they're paid to score, so....they score. No rocket science there.
I totally agree with the sentiment that if we signed an elite forward that they would get sucked into the d first system and suck. For all we know, Stewart, Perron and Backes would be loading up the net if they had a different or hybrid system given to them, which if this is true means if we want real success at the next level, there's really one option we should consider: Fire Hitchcock.
If you look at it that way, also consider this: Hitch had Modano and Hull and won a Cup. Two of Dallas' elite forwards at that time. We don't have one elite forward. I'm of the mind to give Hitch that and if he can't make it work with what he has, then fire him. But give him the chance. He's shown his system works and works wonderfully IF he has what he needs. And it's apparent there's a missing link here and we all know that's remedied with a signing or two of elite forwards. So dump what we can't work for us in this system and sign what will so we can finally win.