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Rant: Montador in Front of the Net on the Powerplay? | November | 2011 Articles

Rant: Montador in Front of the Net on the Powerplay?

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

Seriously?

Seriously?

That’s what you’re going to do?

Steve Montador?

In front of the net?

On the powerplay?

You’re THAT much out of ideas?


You can just fuck right off then.

You’ve clearly given up. I thought you reached that point last night against the Blues when I saw Dan Carcillo running around doing nothing in particular on the powerplay. Nope. You’ve reached a new level of silliness.

Granted, this isn’t the level of silliness that is JOHN SCOTT on the powerplay in front of the net, but at least that was in the playoffs, when we were getting destroyed, in danger of getting swept, and honestly in desperation mode.

But today is NOVEMBER NINTH. The Blackhawks have played FIFTEEN games.

Yes, the powerplay has stunk worse than that Jack-o-lantern still sitting on your porch that’s half eaten by squirrels and soggy from all the rain. But seriously, your solution is Steve Fucking Montador?

How about you setup two units, comprised of three forwards, and two defensemen, teach them a system that doesn’t work ONLY the backdoor play that EVERY SINGLE TEAM KNOWS ABOUT, and keep them together for a few weeks? I don’t know, that’s just me.

Plus, the issue on the powerplay has nothing to do with net presence. It’s 1) the absolute abortion that is the entry into the zone and 2) only attempting the backdoor pass. Let’s try this: Setup the umbrella with a strong shot at the point, stick someone’s ass in front of the net, work the puck around until you get a shooting lane and shoot. Just a thought.

When you struggle at something, what’s one of the first things people say? Get back to basics. Work on the fundamentals. Blah, blah, blah. Not “take someone completely out of their comfort zone, ask them to do something they haven’t done their entire NHL career and expect great things!”

Seriously, if this is the best we can do, someone needs to be fired. I’m not usually someone to go around saying coaches should be fired, but if among the three coaches, this is honestly the best idea they can come up with, then sack ‘em.

So. Stupid.

9 comments
raderjb
raderjb

Yea, putting Montador up front is a bad idea... Wait, he has 3 goals in the last 3 games. Seriously?, Seriously? Who can fuck right off now?

Schatzi
Schatzi

At this point, can it GET any worse? Why not. I'll keep my skates ready just in case.

HockeyBroad
HockeyBroad

@KellyPuckDrunk but wait, Monty played fwd in FL, or something. Oy vey. PP starting to stand for "pathetic play".

KellyPuckDrunk
KellyPuckDrunk moderator

@raderjb Congratulations, you called me out on a rant I was completely wrong on. I'm certainly not against eating crow on this, because I clearly was wrong. I hope you feel better having called out my opinion after three games of evidence. YOU MUST BE CLAIRVOYANT! I sure wish that I had three games of evidence in hand when I wrote this OP-ED PIECE. I wish my foresight was like your hindsight: 20/20. THANK YOU! :)

Could you please also include a link to your blog/writings that clearly will only 100% correctly predict future results to sporting events so that I may marvel in your superior intellect?

KellyIsADIC_
KellyIsADIC_

@HockeyBroad just saw Jesse's tweet that Montador said he did that in Florida. I still don't get it. This isn't Florida.

raderjb
raderjb

I just found it amusing how angry you were. It appeared you thought Coach Q was personally attacking you when trying something different in order to spark the PP. I agree that at the time it was a strange call, and I wasn't sure it would work either, but holy shitballs, relax. How bout giving the Stanley Cup winning coach a little slack. I just thought your reaction was a little ridiculous and over the top. The Hawk's are around the top of the standings and you want to fire people? Take a deep breath and relax.

And no, I don't have any blog/writings. I'm not that narcissistic to think anyone cares about or wants my opinion on such mundane topics

HockeyBroad
HockeyBroad

@KellyPuckDrunk You know the Blackhawks ... they love players who can fill in @ 2 positions even more than FHL GMs.

KellyPuckDrunk
KellyPuckDrunk moderator

@raderjb Why was I upset? Because I thought it was silly as hell and stupid considering we have many more skilled players that would be better than Montador. Again, I was obviously wrong.

Don't start giving me that shit about giving a coach slack because he won a Cup. Yes, he obviously has extensively more experience than I do, but I'm allowed my opinions.

Who said I'm narcissistic? YOU came and read my blog and opinion. And YOU cared enough about it to comment on it and call me out. Also, I didn't start this blog, I was asked to join it because some people DID/DO care about my opinion. So yeah.


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