kmontgom wrote:I think the majority would come to a conclusion that, yes, the Florida team is a much better team in the post season. Obviously the numbers game has come to their advantage, when you can have half of your team provided by your affiliates, with AHL playing time, its a major win win. Otherwise this series would have been a close one based on both Kalamazoo and Floridas regular season stats.
Don't start with the excuses, this is something the WIngs have done all year is play like the team they are and that is very average. The defense is slow they don't hit and the fowards are lazy a lot of the time like Bootland. This isn't just one persons fault though this is the so called teams fault, it is pretty sad when you have a guy like Jon Harty who is all of 5'10 come in a play with more passion than pretty much every other player. Young and Harty are the only ones that get back in the Florida players face and don't just get pushed around. Young is from our affilate and if not for him you wouldn't see people actually knowing that someone has there back. Nick even said it in the paper that teams seem to play the Wings different when Young is in the line up, duh I wonder why and it seems like that would turn a switch in his head to get bigger stronger players that can still play the game and not 5 foot nothing guys that won't hit.
It is clear cut the team that wants it more in this series and it is Florida they hustle to every loose puck finish every check, hell they are even beating us 7-0 and they are still doing all the little things and going for the kill. Gill saved the Wings the first 2 games but he can only do so much and the Wings are just hanging him out to dry. It is sad to because a lot of you were bashing him all season long and then he stands on his head in the playoffs when the "team" forgets to show up and now you all think he is great. It just really gets to me to watch a lot of these players show no hustle no heart and just drift around out there taking up space. Watching guys like Darryl Bootland makes me sick the guy won't finish a check won't mess with anyone unless he jumps them or they are smaller than him. All we heard was how much he was going to be a key part to the team and he is a shell of his former self. I would take guys like Clarke and the other Darryl over half of this team. If Nick stays as coach he better keep this kid Harty at least he has heart and he better tell his brother to guy fly a kite, when is it going to sink in Nick you need size to go along with your skill and some heart as well.