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Finger Pointed At Yzerman

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Karma’s a bugger sometimes, isn’t it? Take the Tampa Bay Lightning, for example. Ever since the Philadelphia Flyers exposed and mocked them for playing their insidious trap, the Lightning have posted a 9-18-2 record and tumbled to the basement of the Eastern Conference.

Since then, 1-3-1 hasn’t only been the Lightning’s defensive scheme, it’s more like the win-loss record they post every five games.

On the one hand, you want to say, “Serves them right for playing that kind of hockey with all that offensive talent.” And hey, any team that employs that style of hockey and fails doing it isn’t about to get a lot of sympathy from this corner. After all, which team would you rather watch purely from an entertainment standpoint – the Washington Capitals from a few years back or last year’s Lightning?

But then you look at the Lightning’s defense corps and goaltending and you wonder why they don’t employ a 5-0-0 defensive scheme sometimes. And while it’s easy to point fingers at coach Guy Boucher for the Lightning’s problems, many of the team’s woes have to be pinned on GM Steve Yzerman.


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Lindas1st's avatar

uh oh.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 01/16/12 at 04:53 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

It’s not like he’s wrong.  I’m sure Yzerman isn’t trying to pass the buck on this either.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/16/12 at 05:46 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

You can bet that Yzerman knows what is wrong with his team. 
Sooner or later he will get it fixed.

An incompetent goalie can demoralize the whole team.  I remember when the Wings were ousted early in the playoffs a few years ago.  Yzerman was still captain, and though he never said it publicly, it became very clear that the goalie, Manny Legacy, no longer had a job.

Posted by w2j2 on 01/16/12 at 05:55 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Stevie Y has been living in a kind of other-worldly existence the last few years, where it seemed he had the Midas Touch. He went from a beloved retired captain to an Olympic Gold Medal-winning GM to a very successful rookie GM in the NHL. Few people even experience one of those things, let alone all three.

So the fact he is feeling some heat is actually a positive thing in the long-run as It will help him grow as a GM.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/16/12 at 06:04 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Crap happens and not everything works out. Adjustments must be made. I’ve heard one can learn more from failure than from success. All the better for when he comes back home.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/16/12 at 06:34 PM ET


First off Campbell can suck it with this BS trap garbage.How come no other team did what the Cryers did with the trap?As for what is wrong with the Lightning,its not just goaltending.Its a lack of physical play,lack of solid defense.You cant let every team skate into your zone with the puck and not take the body.The stick checking has got to go.Watch teams like the Rangers,Flyers and Bruins play.They make you pay physically everytime you come in their zone and when they dump and chase they hammer the opposing D in the offensive zone to cause turnovers.The Lightning are soft and the rest of the league has figured it out.If you hit the scorers and keep them off balance they cant score.Stamkos cant be the only guy scoring goals.

Posted by bobnoakridge from Oak Ridge, TN on 01/16/12 at 06:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, that’s the story of Stevie Y’s life:  underappreciated.  Let the man do his job, will ya?

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/17/12 at 12:46 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Posted by bobnoakridge from Oak Ridge, TN on 01/16/12 at 04:49 PM ET

If you replace Lightning with Red Wings, you’ll see that your argument isn’t valid.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 01/17/12 at 06:22 PM ET

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