Thursday, November 09, 2006

The 'fire Muckler' camp gains ground

When a fan websites such as this (and this) start getting mentions in the media, it's not hard to gauge public opinion. And after another heartbreaking loss tonight to Atlanta, you have to wonder how long it takes for that pressure to translate into a move in the front office.

(As an aside, any answers as to why Martin Gerber has been so awful this season?)


At 12:41 a.m., November 09, 2006, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Gerber was an average goalie last year and he is an average goalie this year. Last year he was 18th in goals against average and 17th in save percentage. He's not far off that this year.

Honestly, he is not unlike Lalime when Lalime was in Ottawa. Good but not great and prone to let in a bad goal every now and again. I didn't think Gerber was the answer for Ottawa's goaltending from the minute he was signed.

At 10:12 a.m., November 09, 2006, Blogger ninja said...

Gerber benefitted in the W column from timely scoring by the Canes. How many one goal third period comeback wins did Carolina have last year? I don't know exactly, but it was alot. He did play well for Switzerland in Turino, but that was a team who's only chance was suffocating team D. Ottawa doesn't play that way, so it was never going to be a good match.

And the Sens turning their back on Emery, and annointing Gerber the starter in preseason, was just bad karma.

At 2:50 p.m., November 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ninja's hit the nail right on the head. People got too worked up about Gerber's shutout of Canada and forgot just how terrible the Canadian forwards were in that game. Yes, they took a ton of shots but 90% of the shots probably came from the perimeter because the Swiss defended so deeply.

Not to mention that in the playoffs when he had a chance to reclaim the starting spot from Ward he couldn't do it.

At 3:43 p.m., November 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Ottawa is suffering from the loss of their best two defencemen: Chara and Redden. Redden has been injured all year, and is not the same player as when healthy.


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