Hoff-Machine wrote:tim1_2 wrote:
Also, the Sens are pretty much where they would've been last year had Turris not got injured. Boucher also has better players at his disposal than Cameron did. I don't mean to diminish what Boucher and his staff are doing - I love it - but I think maybe a little too much is being made of it when we have a pretty solid team to start with.
Debatable. We'll never really know how good the sens could have been had Turris not gone down but there's no denying that our D-zone coverage was a tire fire, we were constantly allowing 35+ shots; Anderson was breaking sticks, Weircioch/Cowen were impacting the game, Boro sucked and was played as a forward for a couple games...it was odd and I don't think Turris alone could have saved what were glaring weaknesseswprager wrote:
Don't forget that we were missing Anderson for long stretches (remember how well the Habs did with Condon?) and we're missing Ryan.
Last year we were a point out of second with a have in hand when Turris hurt. The Habs had already cooled off with Condon in goal. Back at the end of December we were *slightly* ahead of last year's place. Now we have pulled ahead quite a bit.
Good point....Ryan at the first half of last season was actually fantastic and then tailed off....this year he never really got going either. I think the team feels more confident in the way they're playing and that's a big difference.
Ryan is an enigma. I think there's a decent chance the Sens will try to convince Vegas to take him if they can get around the no-trade/nmc clause.