Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/25/14 at 08:40 AM ET
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The team has lost two in a row and three of four to fall out of playoff position. What has to change to get it back motoring in the right direction?
"I think we have to finish. We've had lots of scoring chances, we're not finishing. Our power play has been a part of that. It's gone dry right now, and as I speak I'm watching our club working on the ice with it. That's got to get better for us. Even if you don't score, that has to get better because it gives you positive momentum. We're not giving up a whole lot, but we need to get the puck in the net."
You bring up scoring, which is interesting because you had Marian Gaborik, who is obviously known as a goal scorer, and you traded him away to the Los Angeles Kings. Why didn't Gaborik fit in Columbus?
"He had a rough time with injuries mostly. The knee went early. He got back, but the first game back he got hit hard and fractured his collarbone and was out for quite some time. We were looking at it going forward and didn't see a fit for next season, so we decided just to make that change. He wanted to stay. He's a good person. It just seemed like a square peg in a round hole for our club. We just play a different game and it just wasn't a fit. He's a good person, a good player and he'll do well in Los Angeles."
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