October Mailbag

This is a first in what we hope will be a monthly series of mailbags where you as readers have the opportunity to ask us anything you can think of and have us answer to the best of our ability. You can send in questions anytime to [email protected] with the word “Mailbag” in the subject line, or you can wait until the end of the month when we will post a reminder up on the blog and have a place for you to submit questions as comments here.

In this edition of the mailbag, we answered questions about the team’s classes, practice players and walk-ons, expectations, goaltending rotations and more. Enjoy!

Q: Where do you guys like to cover games when BU hits the road? -Josh

I (Arielle) will answer this one since Tim has not gotten a chance to travel around Hockey East yet.

One of my favorite places to visit is Matthews Arena. They have a new press box that has a great view of the visitor’s bench, which is really helpful in terms of judging attitude and seeing where injured players are. It’s an old building with a really loud fan-base, which creates an exciting atmosphere that makes the game more enjoyable.

The media food at BC is awesome, but there is not much else about Conte Forum that I like. UNH is a fun place to visit because the rink is modern and clean but also pretty intimate. You feel like you’re close to the action no matter where your seat at UNH is located. The fans there are also great. Maine fans are also fun, and there is some great food in the area (Pat’s Pizza, Dysart’s Truck Stop), but Orono is literally in the middle of nowhere. The rink is badly in need of renovations, which Maine started doing over the summer. I’m not sure whether they were moving the press boxes, but if not, the Maine press box is among the worst in Hockey East. It is impossible to see the action because you’re in the last row and are not significantly higher than the fans, so someone like me can’t see over them.

Q:Do you believe that the goaltender of this season will always be Millan? He seems to show areas of inconsistency and I understand that he is a young goalie, but why not see what Rollheiser can give the team? –Anonymous

The No. 1 goalie this season will likely continue to be Millan barring an injury or some real strange turn of events. In college years, Millan is not a young goalie, and through his first three years, he has proven that he deserves to be the Terriers’ top goalie. This is not to say that Rollheiser is not a good goalie; he is just not as good as Millan. BU has seen what Rollheiser can give the team. It’s not like he’s never played. He just simply is not as good as Millan.

Does Millan ever have a bad game or make a bad play? Of course, but it is also important to remember that Millan helped win a national championship, was a Hockey Commissioners’ Association, New England and Hockey East Rookie of the Year, was a Hockey East Tournament MVP, was the team’s Most Valuable Player last season, holds the program’s single-season saves record and holds the program’s career wins record. Millan had a .932 save percentage last season, so while he may make an occasional mistake, he is an outstanding goaltender.

Rollheiser has played in 24 games throughout his BU career, and while he has not been a bad goalie by any stretch, his .887 career save percentage and 11-7-4 record (although he played in 24 games, he hasn’t earned a decision in all of them) is not good enough to justify a platoon with Millan.

Contrast the expectations for this year’s team with the expectations for last year’s team. –Greg (submitted via live blog and included here because we’ve had multiple questions about this)

Last year’s team was not expected to be as good as this year’s team. The Terriers were a very young team last year and had some talent, but lacked in depth and experience. In a way, it was a bit of an overachievement for last year’s team to finish third in Hockey East, but a tournament run was not out of the question for last year’s squad.

This team should be better than last year’s team. The Terriers are a year older, have more depth and should have learned from last season’s mistakes. Redshirt freshman forward Yasin Cisse should make his debut for the Terriers on offense, and with the addition of freshmen Evan Rodrigues and Cason Hohmann, BU should be much deeper up front this season. The defense will miss departed blue-liner Dave Warsofsky, but the Terriers should benefit from having one of the best goalies in Hockey East in Kieran Millan between the pipes.

Through October, the team obviously has not impressed in terms of effort and coming ready to play, but there are a few hints of a talented team that are encouraging. First, the Terriers tend to score in bunches. They have scored at least two goals within three minutes in five of their six games so far. When a team pulls that off consistently, it shows that the team has some semblance of a killer instinct and proves they are a dangerous team no matter what the lead.

Along those lines, the Terriers have proved that they can come back from large/early deficits. This team, despite not always coming ready to play, does not lie down and roll over for its opponents either. They keep battling and never count themselves out. BU also leads the nation in shorthanded goals with four this season. That is another sign that this team takes advantage of whatever opportunities it gets no matter what the situation.

There are definitely some worrying trends with this team. The defense has been awful through the first month and is the ninth-worst defense in the nation. They are still a bit undisciplined and take too many unnecessary penalties, and they definitely struggle with the mental aspect of the game. If they can figure out defense and mentality, however, watch out. The Terriers could be a team to reckon with come March/April.

Q: Out of curiosity, after seeing Anthony Moccia rise from the practice squad onto the team this year I have a couple questions
1. How many practice players does BU generally retain? 2. Are they generally like recruited walk-ons, i.e. the coaches go looking for practice players each year or are they students with hockey experience who show up on campus and try out or something like that? 3. Any other recent (or not) players who have been elevated in such a way to fill a spot? – Anonymous

We had to ask Coach Parker about this one because we were not sure about all the details. From what he told us, a player joining the team after serving as a practice-squad player is not unheard of, but certainly not the norm – obviously a vast majority of the players go through the regular recruiting process and the team does not retain many practice players. It is more common to have practice goalies than regular skaters.

Moccia in particular was an interesting case. He came to BU (after graduating from nearby prep school BB&N in 2010) and wanted to try out for the team, but with two juniors (Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser) and a senior (Adam Kraus) already on the roster, there just wasn’t room. Moccia had an understanding with coach Parker that after being the practice goalie his freshman year, he could join the team as the third-stringer this year. BU did not recruit Moccia. He came to campus and asked Parker if he could try out for the team, much like Matt Gilroy did. Gilroy is probably the most recent walk-on to rise up like Moccia. For goalies, John Curry was a third-string walk-on back in 2003-04, played five minutes of garbage time in net his freshman year, and became the Terriers rock in net for his next three seasons.

Moccia also is not on a scholarship. Contrary to popular belief, not all Terriers have full scholarships. The NCAA only allows 18 scholarships per team, so while some of the Terriers are at BU on full scholarships, others have partial scholarships or no scholarships at all.

Q: Given that guys like Ryan Ruikka and Ross Gaudet were red-shirted their freshman year, are they expected to stay next year to take advantage of their last year of eligibility? I know they probably don’t need to take any classes to graduate (I’m thinking mainly of Mr. “4.0” Ruikka here), so what would they do on campus? Along that line, do players take 2 or 3 classes a semester? I know they couldn’t take the full 4 with their practice schedule. – Anonymous

Ruikka will definitely need to enroll in graduate school if he wants to stay at BU for four years. We aren’t sure what the story with Gaudet is. The number of classes each player takes depends on the player and how many credits he has left. Normally players do either one or two summer semesters per year in order to lighten their course load during the season. Garrett Noonan took two summer sessions this summer, while others did not, so he can take less classes during the year than some of his other teammates. It is not unheard of for players to take just one academic class near the end of their time at BU. Also, most of the players are in Metropolitan College, which means their classes are at night and thus after practice. They normally have about an hour after practice to shower and eat something before going to class.

Whether or not Ryan Ruikka and Ross Gaudet stay at BU to finish their four years of eligibility is entirely up to them and yet undecided. It depends on if they want to stay with the team, which, of course, would be heavily influenced by how much ice time they get this year.

As far as ice time goes, that’s also a wild card, so we’ll have to see how it plays out over the course of the long season. Ruikka is healthy (for now) and back in the lineup (also for now), but Parker has said that he expects Ruikka to stay in the lineup, so as long as he is healthy, ice time shouldn’t be much of a problem for him.

Gaudet should get a decent amount of ice time, but because there is more depth at forward, he will have to fight pretty hard for a spot in the lineup should Hohmann or Cisse step up this season.

I’m a fan of Ben Rosen and have really like the heart the kid has moving from little used defenseman freshman year to a really solid checking line center last season. He seems to have been removed from that role and frankly, he’s the type of player the team needs in the lineup (more now than before). What do you see happening to him this year? – Anonymous

This year Rosen will likely be a fringe third- or fourth-line forward (depending on how Parker lists it any given week), fighting for his spot in the lineup game-to-game. Parker said Rosen will stay at forward assuming the defense stays relatively healthy, but how much playing time he’ll get is up in the air.

The current combination of him at center with Justin Courtnall and Kevin Gilroy on his wings makes for a solid, older, grind-it-out type of fourth line that Parker has said he likes so far. But with a log-jam of forwards this year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rosen lose playing time to a guy like Hohmann, whom BU could expect bigger things from, especially in the long term.

From the FreeP: California Cool: Long Beach boy Nieto comes up with game-winner

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Friday night at the Mullins Center, as he nonchalantly leaned with his back against a wall outside the media room, Matt Nieto maintained his naturally calm and collected demeanor, despite an unimpressive 2-2 tie with University of Massachusetts and despite the Boston University men’s hockey team’s overall underwhelming success.

“We’re not worried at all right now,” the sophomore forward said. “We have a good team.”

Apparently he was right.

Nieto came out the very next night and tallied two assists and the game-winning goal in overtime, spurring the Terrier (3-2-1, 2-1-1 Hockey East) come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Minutemen (1-3-2, 0-3-2 Hockey East) at Agganis Arena.

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From the FreeP: Halloween scare comes early

By Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

It seems these days that it is not a No. 12/13 Boston University men’s hockey game without a goal from sophomore forward Matt Nieto.

So on Saturday night at Agganis Arena, when BU and the University of Massachusetts were knotted 4-4 in overtime and Nieto had yet to score, it seemed likely Nieto would be the hero for the Terriers.

Indeed he was, as Nieto’s goal with 3:17 into overtime lifted BU (3-2-1, 2-1-1 Hockey East) over UMass (1-3-2, 0-3-2 Hockey East), 5-4.

It was a positive outcome in a game in which the Terriers trailed 3-0 at the end of the first period, but due to a momentum-changing 5-on-3 penalty kill for BU followed by an energy-boosting goal soon after, BU mounted a comeback to earn its first win in two weeks.

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BU tops Minutemen in OT

By Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

In yet another game that went down to the wire, Matt Nieto played the hero as his tally in overtime helped the No.12/13 Boston University men’s hockey team over the University of Massachusetts, 5-4 on Saturday night at Agganis Arena.

Once again, the Terriers came out strong in the first minute of the game, then tailed off as the period continued. It did not help that UMass seized the opportunities BU started handing to them as the period continued.

The Minutemen scored their first goal of the night at 10:34 when BU goaltender Grant Rollheiser struggled to cover a loose puck sitting in front of him. Minuteman Steven Guzzo beat Rollheiser’s glove to the puck and put it away before Rollheiser could make the stop.

A BU defensive mishap led to the second Minuteman goal of the night, as junior defenseman Ryan Ruikka attempted to clear a puck, but it took a weird bounce off the boards instead and landed at Rollheiser’s feet. The goalie could not find the puck before UMass forward Troy Power slipped it past him five-hole.

The Minutemen closed the period with a third goal, which came off a turnover right in front of the net by sophomore forward Charlie Coyle. UMass forward Conor Sheary seized his opportunity and fired a wrister past Rollheiser to make it 3-0 with 30 seconds remaining in the period.

The Minutemen continued to control play into the second period, but the tide seemed to turn when the Terriers killed off 1:05 of a 5-on-3 almost halfway into the period.

BU started to win battles for loose pucks, block shots better and stay out of the penalty box. Their efforts paid off when the Terriers finally found the back of the net at 14:19 into the second. Senior forward Corey Trivino sent a cross-ice pass through traffic to sophomore defenseman Garrett Noonan, who roofed a shot past UMass netminder Jeff Teglia. Freshman forward Evan Rodrigues was credited with his first career assist on the play.

The Terriers shortened the Minutemen lead to one just over a minute later, when sophomore forward Sahir Gill banged home a rebound off a Max Nicastro shot from the high slot to make it a 3-2 game.

BU tied the game in the third when Coyle forced a turnover on the penalty kill at the blue line in his own zone, then pushed the puck up to Nieto. Coyle and Nieto raced into the zone with Nieto carrying the puck on the 2-on-1. He passed to Coyle at the last moment, and Coyle slapped it past Teglia glove-side to make it a 3-3 game with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Terriers took the lead a little over two minutes later when senior captain Chris Connolly circled behind the UMass net and passed across the crease to Trivino, who lifted the puck over Teglia’s glove to give the Terriers a 4-3 lead.

But Coyle helped cause another UMass goal, as he took a roughing penalty shortly after Trivino’s goal to put BU on the penalty kill. The Terriers struggled to clear the puck out, and UMass finally cashed in when Mike Pereira put a rebound off a Phillips shot away to tie the game at four.

Terriers take step forward, not step up

By Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

AMHERST — If there was any one play that could explain Friday night’s 2-2 tie between the No. 12/13 Boston University men’s hockey team and the opposing University of Massachusetts-Amherst Minutemen, it would be the very last play of the game.

With less than 20 seconds left in overtime, sophomore forward Charlie Coyle took a puck off the boards deep in his own zone and promptly turned it over, giving the Minutemen’s Danny Hobbs one last golden opportunity to allow the Minutemen to take the two points.

Although the turnover was not a great play by Coyle, it did not prove to be disastrous either, as Hobbs’s shot sailed wide of the goal and BU held on for the tie.

“Right to the very end, even with my best line out there, it was a numb-skull play,” BU coach Jack Parker said. “The idea of imminent danger does not seem to register for my team, especially from some of my stars.”

Indeed, strong performances were absent from players who are supposed to be leaders or veterans on the team. Parker entered the weekend looking for his team, led by its elder and star players, to prove it could play 60 minutes of hockey.

But on Friday night, junior defenseman Sean Escobedo took two unnecessary crosschecks. On Friday night, junior defenseman Max Nicastro attempted a pass to nowhere in front of his own net, leading to a UMass goal. On Friday night, offensive star Coyle turned the puck over in his own zone in overtime.

“I thought it was sloppy,” Parker said of BU’s effort. “The only time it looked like hockey broke out was when it broke out for [UMass]. It didn’t seem to break out for us at all. We were very sloppy. Thoroughness was not a word you could apply to us with the puck.”

To be clear, the game was not a complete disaster. BU did rally from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game. The Terrier defense did look better on most plays than it had a week before. Senior goaltender Kieran Millan did stone a few Minutemen on breakaways and looked solid in net for most of the night.

But as a team, the Terriers took a step forward in raising the bar of competition without reaching the next level. The offense did not play well, mustering just 23 shots in three periods plus overtime of play. The Terriers did not reach double-digits in shots in a single period of the game, and were outshot 15-6 in a particularly gruesome second period.

The Terriers also took six penalties to the Minutemen’s four, which is not terrible until realizing that the Minutemen are currently the most penalized team in Hockey East. BU had a power play in both the second and third period. The Minutemen had five power plays in the same span of time.

And while the defensive pairings were completely revised for the game, the defense was in and out in its level of play. Sometimes the defense shut down the UMass offense, such as when, late in the third period, the Terrier offense turned the puck over twice in a row, but Nicastro cleared the puck both times to prevent the Minutemen from making anything of the opportunity.

But those types of plays were too far from being the norm to help the Terriers win.

“I thought our defensemen played solid at times and just turned the puck over at times,” Parker said. “We gave them a couple of unbelievable chances where we had complete control of the puck and just passed it to them. So it wasn’t very thorough by us.”

In response to the lack of thorough play from his team, Parker said there will be consequences in the second game of the home-and-home night for some of his players.

“We’ll get people’s attention,” Parker said. “Some people won’t play tomorrow. Those who played well will be rewarded with further play.”

But while the Terriers lacked enough effort Friday night to get the win, they also did not lose the game. That, sophomore forward Matt Nieto said, was enough that, from a player’s perspective, the team was not too worried about its play.

“We’re not worried at all right now,” Nieto said. “We have a good team. A lot of returners. So we have a lot of chemistry. We know what we have to do.”

UPDATED: BU mounts comeback, ties UMass 2-2

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

AMHERST — Possibly in celebration of the all-important “Halloweekend,” the Boston University men’s hockey team wore both of its costumes tonight in a 2-2 with University of Massachusetts.

The Terriers (2-2-1, 1-1-1 Hockey Easy) ditched their careless outfits in favor of their effortful ones after falling falling behind 2-0 in the first half against the Minutemen (1-2-2, 0-1-2 Hockey East), coming back to salvage the conference road matchup, thanks in large part to senior goaltender Kieran Millan (33 saves) and sophomore forward Matt Nieto (one goal, one assist).

“I thought our goaltender played great,” said BU coach Jack Parker. “I thought he stole the point for us.”

But the first step to a comeback is, of course, falling behind, and the Terriers checked off that prerequisite early on.

Just 37 seconds after having their first goal called back – UMass forward Michael Pereira took advantage of a rebound, but he was ruled in the crease – the Minutemen netted another to take a 1-0 lead. Forward T.J. Syner netted no-doubter into the net vacated senior goaltender Kieran Millan, who has just stopped the initial shot.

It was the result of a relatively uneventful and unimpressive period for the Terriers, who failed to capitalize on both of their power plays and consistently dumped pucks without chasing. BU also had a problem with faceoffs, winning six of 16, which foreshadowed their 26-for-56 performance on the night.

BU came out without much energy again in the second stanza, performing at a level that yielded more turnovers, faceoff losses and slow transitions.

The poor Terrier play opened the door for UMass to extend its lead to 2-0 on a goal from UMass forward Conor Sheary. Defenseman Max Nicastro did the Minutemen a favor when he attempted to block the shot but missed, taking himself out of the play. Sheary capitalized after a pass from forward Rocco Carzo, promptly putting the puck in the top right corner at 6:08.

The Terriers picked up their game a bit in the last five minutes of the period, with Nieto cashing in on an assist from sophomore forward Charlie Coyle during one of BU’s only odd-man-rushes of the night. The goal was Nieto’s fifth in as many games, and was the first half of a comeback to be completed in the third.

“They turned the puck over in our own end and Coyle made a good heads up play and got me the puck,” Nieto said. “Me and Noonan had a 2-on-1 and he drove the net which gave me a little more time and space, and I found five-hole so it was a good goal.”

Nieto’s night wasn’t over yet, as he helped tie the game at 5:16 in the third by assisting sophomore forward Sahir Gill’s goal. Gill knocked it past UMass goaltender Kevin Boyle, who ended up on his stomach in the crease. Coyle was also credited with an assist, his second of the night and seventh of the season.

The teams remained tied through the end of regulation despite several chances on both sides, a trend that continued in overtime.

Less than a minute in, Gill centered a pass right in front of the UMass goal, but no Terrier was there to put it in. BU controlled play for the first three minutes of the extra time, with UMass getting most of their chances later on.

Parker took a timeout at 4:42 in OT, but not to draw up a play. He just wanted to give his best line – a two-line combination of Gill, Coyle and Nieto – a breather and a chance to regroup before the final stretch.

It didn’t work.

“I wanted one little play to see if we couldn’t chip a puck free to get going,” Parker said, “and then in the end of it, with six seconds left, we got the puck inside our blue line. We’re not going to be able to get a goal with six seconds left from their end. Then we turned the puck over trying to make a play to get [UMass] an unbelievable opportunity.

“[UMass] just flopped on the opportunity.”

From the Freep: “Snobs” look to respond in big way against UMass

By Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

The No. 12/13 Boston University men’s ice hockey team enters this weekend’s home-and-home series against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst searching for four points and its own identity.

But the biggest question for the Terriers is not which opponent they face, but which BU team comes out to play.

If the unmotivated Terriers from the College of the Holy Cross or Providence College losses show up, the weekend will be a step back regardless of win or loss. But if the determined BU hockey team that beat the University of New Hampshire and the University of Denver comes to play, it will be a step in the right direction.

And so, to help them step forward, coach Jack Parker delivered the Terriers’ first kick in the pants on Sunday when he made the team do skating drills for a full hour with no sticks or pucks.

As Parker put it, “I didn’t think they skated hard Saturday night so we made them skate like hell on Sunday.”

Read more at dailyfreepress.com.

Bruins unable to capitalize in home bout against Habs

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

In a battle to avoid the last spot in the Northeast Division, the Montreal Canadiens upstaged the Boston Bruins, 2-1, behind the stellar play of goalie Carey Price on Thursday night at the Garden. The Bruins (2-5-0) dropped to the cellar of both the division and the Eastern Conference with the loss to the Canadiens (2-3-2) combined with a Winnipeg Jets win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I don’t know if I imagined [being in last place one month into the season],” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “I’d probably get nightmares thinking about how we’re playing right now more than anything else. It’s more about our team right now.

“I don’t care where we are in the standings. What I care about is how we play, and right now, we’re not playing at all to the level we should be.”

Following a pattern that has plagued them through their first seven games, the Bruins opened the game with plenty of pressure, registering 10 shots to the Canadiens’ six in the first period, but cooled off after gaining the lead.

At 14:04, Habs center Petteri Nokelainen was whistled for interference after a lengthy Bruins offensive possession. On the ensuing play to Price’s right, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron lost the faceoff to Plekanec who directed the puck behind him, hoping to get it back to a teammate for an easy clear to open the penalty kill. The puck went back to Price, however, and he misplayed the puck as it slipped past his stick, through his legs and into the bottom-left corner of the net to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Bergeron was credited with his second goal of the year, and he never had to touch the puck.

“I just Bill Bucknered it,” Price said. “Just a mental lapse, for sure. I didn’t want that to be the winning goal. Our guys did good to get it back and they bailed me out.”

“It just got stuck in there,” Plekanec said. “It was an unlucky goal. You don’t see it that often, but we got through it. We won the game, so that’s all that matters.”

After weathering the Bruins’ offensive storm in the first period, the Habs stepped on the gas in the second. At the 10:27 mark, left winger Erik Cole redirected a slap shot from defenseman Jaroslav Spacek past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, tying the game.

Three minutes later, Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban began what would turn out to be a trilogy of encounters. After holding each other in preparation for a fight at 13:47, the officials stepped between them and sent them both to the box with matching minors, much to the Garden crowd’s dismay.

Immediately after the penalties were over, the two dropped their gloves again but were separated by the officials a second time, this time sent to the penalty box for a delay of game.

In defiant fashion, the pair went at it again immediately after exiting their respective sin bins, and this time, the refs stood back. With the crowd as loud as it had been all night to that point, the two circled one another and finally came together when Subban missed on an initial hay-maker that Marchand astutely dodged.

Marchand engaged with Subban and waited for him to stand up before the pair traded punches back and forth. Subban missed a few more times and in the end, the two called it quits before either player was on the ground.

“It all started off the draw,” Marchand said. “He kind of gave me a little shot with his elbow and then I grabbed him and he grabbed me and I thought he wanted to then, so I dropped my gloves. When we were in the box [after being called for holding], he asked me to go and I said ‘no.’ Then when we were back in the second time he asked me again and I couldn’t say no so it was nice to get it out of the way.”

With score settled and the crowd on its feet on the ensuing Bruins power play — defenseman Josh Gorges was whistled for holding at the same time as the fight — it seemed a perfect time for the Bruins to break through offensively.

However, Price continued to find the puck, and defenseman Raphael Diaz made a sliding save to keep the score knotted at one apiece.

In the third, sloppy passing allowed the Canadiens to maintain offensive pressure, and when defenseman Adam McQuaid was unable to connect with Bergeron on an outlet pass from the defensive end, Plekanec redeemed himself by picking up the loose puck, streaking down the right slot and wristing the puck past Thomas stick-side to give Montreal a 2-1 lead.

“I was looking, trying to hit [Bergeron] up the middle there,” McQuaid said. “I passed a little too far in front of him and they made a quick transition. So bad pass on my part.”

With Thomas pulled for an extra attacker in the game’s final minutes, Price made the last of his 29 saves and wrapped up the victory for the Canadiens. While Thomas made 33 saves for the home team and was the centerpiece of a strong defensive effort, it was little comfort to Julien, whose team has fallen to 25th in the league in goals per game with 2.11.

“We can sit here and look at those [missed opportunities] and think it’s great,” he said. “But when you really look at the game itself, our team is not playing the way it should be or can play through the whole 60 minutes. I need to look further than just missed opportunities.

“Unfortunately, we’re not sitting here looking at one or two players you can move around. You’re looking at the majority of the team. That’s where the issue is, and this is what we have to find a way to correct.”