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"Thats why its hard to win

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"Thats why its hard to win

文章xsw96 發表於 2018年 4月 23日, 13:48

Thumbs down to the Martin Brodeur retirement, as it unfolded in St. Louis this week. It was entirely fitting for the Blues to hold a press conference to announce Brodeurs appointment as senior advisor to team president and general manager Doug Armstrong. It should have been expected that he would hear questions about his decision to join the Blues as a goalie six weeks ago, and about his decision to take a management position now that regular goalies Brian Elliott and Jake Allen are healthy again. But anything attached to Brodeurs official retirement as the NHLs all-time leader in wins by a goalie should come in New Jersey, not anywhere else, and there is some room for doubt that Brodeur is, indeed, officially retired. Following his so-called retirement announcement, he was asked what might happen if Elliott or Allen gets hurt again and the Blues look to him for help again. Directly, he was asked if he would consider playing again. And he said, Probably not. He didnt say, Im retired. He shouldnt say that until he definitely is, and hes standing in front of a backdrop that sports the New Jersey Devils logo. -- 54 NHL players have scored two or more shootout goals this season. 53 of them are forwards. Thumbs up to the lone defenceman on that list - Kevin Shattenkirk, who wasnt on the list three nights ago. However, Shattenkirk scored the shootout winner in Thursdays 5-4 win for St. Louis over Nashville and he did it again last night as the Blues used the shootout for a victory in Carolina. Its not unheard of for a defenceman to be a shootout specialist - Kris Letang of Pittsburgh has been selected 51 times to go one-on-one against the opposing goalie and he has scored 17 times for a career shootout percentage of 33.3. Thanks to the past two nights, Shattenkirks career numbers are 7 for 15, and 46.7 per cent. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has the luxury of employing the wizard of the Sochi shootout, T.J. Oshie, as his leadoff man in tiebreakers. 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Assistant coach Glen Gulutzan said Thursday that Edler, who played Tuesday in Nashville, is out indefinitely.TORONTO - Although Wednesdays overtime loss was one that Jonas Valanciunas would sooner forget than relive, his coach hopes its something the Raptors sophomore centre will learn from. In what promised to be a tricky matchup for the 21-year-old, Valanciunas held his own against the crafty Al Jefferson offensively but was taught a lesson or two on the other end. One of those moments occurred at the end of the extra period. Jefferson set a hard screen that freed up Kemba Walker, forcing Valanciunas to switch off and close out on the Bobcats guard. Walker would drain the game-winner over Valanciunas as time expired. "Weve watched film with him [and] work on it with him individually," Dwane Casey said after practice Thursday afternoon. "In the NBA, a lot depends on game experience and hes seeing every different post-up situation." Valanciunas scored 10 points and added six rebounds in 22 minutes of action Wednesday however, Jefferson poured in 24 to go along with 11 boards, leading the Bobcats with five points in overtime. "Hes still in the process, hes still learning the league, learning the speed of the game and again, hes [getting] better," Casey said, commending Valanciunas growth on the offensive end. "I thought he did an excellent job offensively when he got his catches in the post. Hes really grown from that standpoint." His biggest challenge continues to come on the defensive end, where hes still being exposed by quicker, versatile and more experienced big men. Jefferson is a nightmare assignment for any player, let alone a young and developing big. "My whole career, to this day, people always ask who the hardest [players] are to guard and I surprise them every time when I tell them Al Jefferson and Zach Randolph," said veteran forward and new teammate Chuck Hayes, who participated in his first full practice with the Raptors Wednesday. "For their size - theyre so wide - theyre light on their feet and theyve got great footwork and their shooting touch is just as good as any guard in the league." "It sucks that [Valanciunas] went through that torture chamber in a game that we needed before this road trip but its a learning process," Hayes continued. "Well see them again, Im sure and hell remember that overtime where Al got the best of him." Although Valanciunas shares the blame for what went wrong in overtime, theres plenty of it to go around.dddddddddddd. The Raptors, as a team, missed their first six field goal attempts while DeMar DeRozan shot 1-of-4. You can also cut the seven-footer some slack, given the amount of time he had spent on the bench. Valanciunas sat for over 17 minutes of game time, including the entire fourth quarter, before coming back in to start overtime. Facing Charlottes unconventional frontcourt of Jefferson and Josh McRoberts, a stretch four, Valanciunas became a late-game afterthought once again, sitting out in favour of Amir Johnson, Tyler Hansbrough, and the newly acquired Patrick Patterson. As Casey notes, it is sometimes a give-and-take with Valanciunas on the floor, certainly in a matchup like Wednesdays. Whatever advantage is gained on the offensive end, assuming the team is utilizing it, is often given right back on defence. With the game on the line, Casey - like he has done in past - opted to play it safe with more experienced and versatile defenders at the position. "Thats why its hard to win consistently with young players in the NBA," said the Raptors coach. "Jonas is going to be okay but thats the patience you have to have with a young player; take the good with the bad." While those who expected the world from Valanciunas in his second NBA season may be disappointed in the early returns, Casey is just as realistic as he is optimistic. It wont happen overnight, Casey reiterates regularly. It didnt with Tyson Chandler, it didnt with Roy Hibbert or Joakim Noah and it wont with Valanciunas. Inevitably, developing Valanciunas will become more of a priority now that Rudy Gay has been dealt. The challenge for Casey - who is trying to win first and foremost, as you would expect - centres on finding that balance between competing and nurturing the future of the franchise, a future he may not even be a part of. "I love the challenge of coaching young players, I enjoy that. I enjoy winning more," he said, half-jokingly. "But I understand where we are and what were about." Valanciunas represents the future of this team more than anyone else that is currently on the roster. The expectations, at least internally, have not changed. The word Casey continues to stress is patience. "Its a process," he insists. "Were patient [but] hes our guy, hes our starting centre for a long time and were just going to have to roll with it." China NFL Jerseys Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic China Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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