Originally written November 09, 2011 on Blackhawks Down Low:


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 **** 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 ******* 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.

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