GDT: Game 60: Arizona at Ottawa | 5:30 PM AZ Time | Intimidate with SPEED

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  1. WrinkledPossum

    WrinkledPossum Play Dead

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    I'd like to suggest to Craig that we try some AHL coaches.
     
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    technoviking Whatever's Clever

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    Its a good draft
     
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    Old arguments don't die hard they are still alive! Apparently. I just want to move the f*** on man. I have better things to do like sleep

    Kessel is awful on the point on the PP. You saw it just now when he let the puck go through his legs. Why Kessel plays the point in these situations I have no idea (has he ever played the point before in the NHL? he didn't in Pitt, not sure about Toronto). Again though bad coaching

    Defensively he's a winger, winger's responsibility is to make sure the D is covered in the D-zone. That's the main responsibility defensively for ALL wingers. Watching the games I'd actually argue he's better defensively than both Schmaltz and Keller, but who cares. We didn't sign any of those guys to be defensive forwards.

    Agree Kessel hasn't earned a higher spot but I don't think that's all that relevant to be completely honest. We badly need secondary scoring and a guy who was basically a point a game player before coming here isn't the worst place to start looking for it

    So... the "paid too much" line isn't the worst idea I guess. Except all of them are paid waaaay too much for what they're bringing offensively atm. They're not bringing the offense rn that's what I'm worried about (again, Keller / Schmaltz more than Kessel because we have them long term)
     
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    • 3 wins in last 15 games
    • It's now been a month since the Coyotes scored more than 3 goals in a game
    • Tocchet is absolutely obsessed with Kessel
    • Knowing this teams record with injuries, Kuemper is probably done for the season
    • Keller is dead
    • OEL is dead
    • I wish I was dead
     
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    Sigh...
     
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    Gheez the western conference is just so bad other than a couple teams and we still stink. We have no business being in a wild card spot. Sorry, I just have no love for this team. No heart, no grit...I find it hard to be a fan this year, hate teams like this.
     
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    Dog, I’ll be honest with you. If you’re trying to defend Kessel in any way shape or form, you’re delusional. Phil Kessel is a liability on the ice in all three zones. From what he was in Pittsburgh to what he has done here is an absolute albatross.

    For anyone to defend Kessel, it’s just ignorance. The guy f***ing sucks.
     
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    This is really hard to believe but it's there, plain as day, and nobody thinks anything is wrong due to loser points.
     
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    technoviking Whatever's Clever

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    I agree, the worst part is the body language and just the lack of anything resembling physicality during the games.
     
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    It's fitting that Tampa - the team that destroyed the Coyotes and started this slide - is the last opponent before the TDL.

    Upside is that Saturday Ovy might score 700 so this squad can be immortalized just like other Coyotes teams.
     
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    Shhhh, you have to drink the Kool-Aid and pretend nothing is wrong. Craig Morgan drinks that shit for breakfast.
     
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    Nah... I'm not really trying to defend Kessel. Well, maybe I am a little bit. Mostly I'm attacking Tocchet.

    Re: Kessel, I'm not disagreeing he's been bad... but it's mostly because Tocchet has really f****d his usage. Watching all the home games until Feb 4, Kessel's awful at keeping the puck inside the blue line and also a turnover machine, mostly because his linemates were never open (vast majority was Crouse and Step / Soda who you can't expect to get open with top 4 NHL defenders). He also never really adjusted to the point on the PP... that said I don't know if he's ever played point on the PP before, he certainly never did in Pitt. Does anyone actually know?

    Anyway last few games I've got what I wanted, namely Kessel with two guys who can supposedly play a skill game in Keller and Schmaltz. Except now they all stink together (that's probably bad coaching too) it's not just Kessel.

    Anyway in my view the coaches job is to get the best players playing like the best players. As everyone has said, except for a few folks most of our players are not playing very well. And that's on the coaching more than anyone else.
     
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    Agreed. I also agree the whole coaching staff needs to wiped clean.
     
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    Phil Kessel turns the puck over not because he makes poor decisions and is weak on the puck, but because his linemates aren't open. The Jameis Winston defense.

    *chef kiss*
     
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    There should be a "silver lining" in all of this. This should definitely open the door to Hayton playing a lot. There is absolutely 'zero' reason to scratch him on a nightly basis when we're playing like this. Throw the kid in there and let him play.
     
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    Sorry we ruined your tank party. We've always sucked at tanking.
     
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    GiveAFlyingPuck Boring hockey aficionado

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    Kessel being the new Boedeker on the point during the power play is small potatoes. The most important thing is that Kessel's iron Man streak is intact. Priorities baby.
     
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    GiveAFlyingPuck Boring hockey aficionado

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    We've played four of the bottom seven teams in the league since play resumed after the break. Lo and behold we've lost to all four of them.
     
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    Sorry I don't follow football... and right now I haven't been cooking much either.

    But yeah, Kessel's has had a down year because... 1) his ES linemates haven't been able to get open against top 4 NHL defensemen and 2) he is awful on the point on the power play. Both of these are easily fixed with better coaching.

    Put this a different way. If any RW in the league (let's say Patrick Kane) were stuck to Crouse and either Step / Soda at ES how much of a hit would they take production-wise? Re: Patrick Kane, my guess is 60-70 points if he were next to Soda and Crouse -- maybe 20-25 goals and 35-45 assists? That is a significant drop from the 99 points Patrick Kane is on pace for this year. Patrick Kane Stats and News

    To be clear:
    I am not saying that Kessel is the 2nd coming of Patrick Kane. I am saying a) we are missing a better center for everyone on this team to play with (HAYTON WE NEED YOU) and b) until recently Tocchet thought Kessel was able to drive a line the same way Hall (and Patrick Kane) can, so RT kept him with defensive players in hopes there would be consistent offense from his 3rd line (we all saw how that turned out)

    The big point? Linemates matter when it comes to production / performance. We can disagree. I'm going to sleep

    EDIT: The $20m line of Keller / Kessel / Schmaltz has been bad these past few games. That's either on coaching or the GM or both (you need your most well-paid players to be your best players). Personally think that's a mix of both as well but you can argue any number of things
     
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    Didn't watch, so I don't really belong in a GDT. Here's what's going to happen. The team will win just enough games to make management think they have a shot at the playoffs. They won't move Hall at the trade deadline, thereby recouping zero assets that they lost. Then Hall won't sign here when they don't make the playoffs. At least he was fun to watch here for a while.
     
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    Yeesh......... (and I'm referring to how we played.)

    Kings game was worse though.... because we had a lead and dumped it. This one we dumped it out of the box. It ends up being a close second.
     
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    Byfield is exactly what we need.
    I won't pin my hopes on the lottery though. It hates us.
     
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    f***ing losers
     
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    Tocchet keeps him on the 3rd line because he cannot handle better competition and better defenders at ES. He hasn't contributed to a line when moved up consistently. This is why he was quickly shuffled out of the top 6 to start the year, given a look with Hall, and then moved back down. It has nothing to do with 'spreading the offense around'. It's more about containing the contagion that is Phil Kessel at ES by putting him with the least important players. Moving up Phil is not a net gain.

    Kessel is still receiving sheltered zone starts at ES but does nothing with it.

    He's a waste of cap and TOI. His P/60 is now below 1 and still only ahead of Richardson and Fischer, guys who start in the defensive zone about 75% of the time.

    You keep creating a narrative where Phil is not the one responsible for his poor play. No, it's always due to something else, despite the fact they've tried Phil in basically every line/situation possible.
     
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