Are we watching the same player here? Spezza, after getting boo'd at the start of the season, pretty much stopped with the turnovers and took the offense on his back and carried them. This is the same guy that was our best player in the playoffs last year. When are people going to get off his back?
And your +/- accusation is rediculous. Are you saying Spezza is responsible for every goal against that he's out there for? It doesn't add up at all.
Why can't people just understand you can't bottle up someone's creativity? That's what Spezza's game is. He may turn the puck over a little bit (not NEARLY as much as people say he does), but his creativity leads to much more chances for the Sens than against.
First, it is an observation, not an accusation.
Second, it is a fact that he has been on the ice for three more goals than have been scored against 5/5. That my friend is called A FACT
. To ignore a fact would just be rediculous (Gee, I can do that too! Wee that is so much fun!) Spezza is a lazy back checker and needs to improve that aspect of his game and he takes too many dumb chances. Am I blaming him for every goal - no. But you can't credit him for every goal as well - so that point is moot.
Third, the now infamous 'post booed' game was an example of just how good spezza can be. He simplified his game and played in both zones - for one game!
Why can a player not be creative and
responsible? No one is saying Spezza shouldn't be creative - he just needs to know when to do it. Modano can do it. Forsberg can do it. Yzerman can do it. Sakic can do it. Richards can do it. Heatley can do it (without Spezza
). Is Spezza too good to be expected to play a two way game - or is our precious little J.J. not up tp the task. Is that too much to ask of our Jassy Wassy? Should we just coddle him and not hold him acountable? Wouldn't want him to play up to his potential. Know what i think about not holding players accountable and expecting them to play to their full potential. It just doesn't add up at all.
Why is someone "on his back" for expecting him to play to his potential? Is he so special that he should not be treated the same as the other 500 hockey players in the NHL? The kid is a professional hockey player. He needs to be held into account. This isn't initiation hockey. If this is too much for some fans, I suggest that you just put on the red glasses, the Sens PJs and tell yourself everything is perfect.
I will continue to voice my opinion that I don't see Spezza playing to his full potential and saying that there is room for improvement. I don't know what to say to people who can't see that there is room for improvement in his game. Guess some people are more tolerent of mediocrity and the status quo and others would like to see our players improve so we can see a Stanley Cup banner being raised to the rafters.
Too many overly sensitive Sens fans these days.
Guess I'm geting kicked off the bandwagon again, eh!