|The last time I dug out the bottom feeder graphic|
they went 10-1-1. Don't think so this time.
It is easy to say that the flaws in this team are clear without Bobrovsky. But 4 goals in 4 games has nothing to do with Bobrovsky. A 1.0 GPG isn't going to get it done in Bantam hockey, much less the NHL. The shocking thing was to see that late in the third period the shots were tied at something like 28. That means the Coyote in the center of Mike Smith's chest had been hit 27 times. Hell, I could play NHL goalie if the opposing team promised to always hit the logo on my chest. Perhaps that is an exaggeration, but that is how it felr as a fan watching the game.
But speaking purely as a fan, not a hockey analyst by any stretch, you couldn't find a more snake bit team than the CBJ right now. A 'Yote defenseman falls down, swings wildly at the puck. Perfect clear. Maybe it is their superior skill, but I doubt it. However, it is true that the 'Yotes have owned the CBJ this year, though I am not sure why. Something about us brings out the best in them. Power to them.
I have an uneasy feeling about this next month. The trade deadline is less than a month away, and I think that is suddenly being keenly felt in the CBJ locker room. There will be changes, perhaps more drastic than you and I can foresee. The hard part in this is estimating the pace of development of the talent in the pipeline. Howson over estimated what he had, and it cost him his job. Jarmo and JD have been more patient, with only Wennberg being sacrificed to the exigencies of this season. Bjorkstrand remains in Juniors, playing for the Portland Winterhawks. Dano, Rychal and Anderson are resolutely held in the AHL, in spite of an NHL team screaming for talent. Jarmo may get raked over the coals for this patience, but he will be rewarded in the long run.
Keep in mind that Jarmo and JD have their sights firmly set on a serious Cup run three years from now (IMHO). To make a serious Cup run 3 years from now, you need to make some noise 2 years from now. That means Wennberg, Rychal, Dano and Bjorkstrand need to be impact players in 2 more years. How best do you get there? As you look at this 'Bobless' team, it makes it easier to see what parts are going to be necessary to make some real noise 2 years from now, and what parts aren't going to get that done.
If you think you want to do what I have described above, giving Rychal, Dano, and Anderson serious ice time down the stretch after the trade deadline seems imperative. What veterans do you keep? Letestu seems certain, with his cost effective contract.
Interesting times for the CBJ. A dog of a game raises the stakes for some players on this team. Hopefully there is better hockey than tonight's game to be seen as the season winds down.