An interesting quote from D. Sutter via the Edmonton Journel and NOH: http://www.nicholsonhockey.com/worthrea ... ion-hockey
Sutter says the Kings’ seemingly defend-first game is a “misconception. The big thing in today’s game is you have to be able to forecheck and backcheck, and you have to have the puck. You can’t give the puck up. We don’t play in our zone, so there’s not much defending."
Also: “I’ve coached in three decades now and this stuff where they said Marian had to play in Jacques’s system is a bunch of bull-crap. The game’s changed. They think there’s defending in today’s game. Nah, it’s how much you have the puck. Teams that play around in their own zone think they’re defending but they’re generally getting scored on or taking face-offs and they need a goalie to stand on his head if that’s the way they play."
It sounds similar to what Torts is TRYING to accomplish but either doesn't have the horses and/or the buy in. One thing I notice about this current edition of the team is their puck possession is awful, always giving the puck back to opposition.
I noticed when Mathias came over he was skating with the puck and trying to create plays, not just chip and chase. To me there is a big difference between trying to dump the puck In and chase it down versus being aggressive and pressuring the other team. Our guys do way too much of the former in the name of "creating a forecheck".
Nice observation, another reason why Torts should be let go.
Just looking at Bieksa's NTC/signing, there was a quote by MG.
General manager Gillis said keeping the defensive pair of Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis together played a role in the signing.
"We felt he and Dan were a really solid pair for us," said Gillis. "They have an opportunity now to play together for a long time and we consider those guys key players here so it was very important."
What was interesting is that Torts didn't like this pairing which was a bit confusing as they had some amazing chemistry under AV.
The only D pair I don't like and they never will be good together is another NTC defensive pair in Edler - Garrison they together have horrible puck possession, this offseason hopefully someone will inform our new GM that Edler and Garrison have played their best hockey when they were on the left side with a highly skilled, right side puck rusher who can make some good plays and passes. (Edler - Ehrhoff or Olympics (Karlsson), and one of the better combos Garrison - Campbell)
These NTC's are going to be a pain to deal with, with all these changes that need to be made to get this team quickly back to respectability.