Re: Seguin-When Will The " It's Only"s End?
posted at 10/9/2011 11:42 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Seguin-When Will The " It's Only"s End?
[QUOTE]I have tried not to badmouth CJ. He took this team to a Stanley Cup last year and for that I admire him and I also have to admit that he pulled the right strings last year. I was frustrated with his handling of Seguin last year but it is hard to argue with the results and I will admit that Tyler had a lot of learning to do. It is evident this year that TS has come back stronger and with a lot more confidence. CJ has played him 16-17 minutes the first 2 games and he is getting regular power play time but this is where I say that Claude is stubborn. You have your best offensive talent playing 3rd line wing with an offensively challenged centre. TS is a top 6 forward plain and simple.
Not that they would ever do this, but if the Bruins were to trade Tyler to any of the other 29 teams, Seguin would immediately be put on one of that team's top 2 lines. Yes I get that Boston has a lot of strong fowards but as I said before the only way Tyler should be on the 3rd line instead of playing with Bergy and Marchand is if he was plaing centre. Last year fine, but this year I don't blame TS if he is a little miffed watching Hall and Skinner get treated as key guys while he continues to be treated as a 3rd liner. Don't bother saying nobody is above the team. I agree, but if nobody is above the team, then if Seguin continues to play as well as he has, one of the current top 6 shouldn't have a problem dropping back to play on the 3rd line. CJ - Tyler needs to play with Krejci or Bergeron or play centre. Make it happen!!
Posted by huntbri[/QUOTE]
Defense wins championships, plain and simple. I agree with CJ limiting Seguin's play last year, because while he showed offensive brilliance at times, he was a defensive liability quite frequently. He's improved that aspect of his game, but I still agree with him being on the third line. First, with 17 minutes a game, CJ isn't playing them really as a third line - more a 2B, and as you say balancing the scoring out.
Seguin has struggled in the occassional situation where he's had to take the faceoff. He's gots erious back up that way on his current line, and doesn't need to take on that responsibility right now. Also while his defensive game is better, it's not on the same level as most of the team. Kelly is a good linemate for him that way as he can cover up his mistakes. He will get first line minutes - eventually. But for now, I think CJ is using him perfectly. He's getting points out of him, he has him in a situation where he can improve his defensive game without hurting the team (and that's what matters - not how many points TS can put up, but what he can do to help the team win) and he's not being counted on to bear all of the team's offensive weight. Every line on this team has a strong defensive presence and offensive skills. Keep him where he is alongside Kelly - it's working, and almost no team has the defensive capabilities to counteract CJ's balanced attack strategy. Seriously, if you're an opposing coach and you look at our top three lines, how do you matchup against them? It'd drive me loopy trying to counteract all three defensively. I think it's great coaching on CJ's part and will give the opposition bench bosses absolute conniptions.