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GMs will discuss Tampa Bay’s 1-3-1 at meetings

Nov 14, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

Steve Yzerman, Wayne Fleming. AP

Before the hockey world was riveted by the Milan LucicRyan Miller fallout, the hot topic was the staring (and stalling) contest regarding Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 “trap.” The league’s general managers are likely to discuss that “patient” system as they meet for the first time this season, according to Dan Rosen of

Some might believe that part of the meeting will become a showdown between Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman. That could be true to some extent, although Holmgren stated that he didn’t have a problem with the strategy and Yzerman said he “thinks it’s worthy of discussion.” Of course, things might be a little different behind closed doors, though …

Ultimately, I hope that the general managers follow the words of Pittsburgh Penguins GM Paul Shero:

“I talked to our coaching staff and some of our players about it, what they thought, and really I’m not exactly [sure] what can be done about any defensive or forechecking system,” Shero said. “The game is the game. If there are some great ideas I’m all ears. We’ll see what comes out of it.”

  1. muttbolts - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Oh no, there playing defense.

  2. grudenthediva - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Stevie Y will slap down Holmgren and his band of pussy whiners like its nothing.

  3. cakrywyj - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    His “band of pussy whiners” just happens to be 85% of the GMs in the league according to The Hockey News.

  4. seavangr - Nov 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Detroit regularly faces 1-4’s or 1-3-1’s when teams are either trying to stay in a game or protect a lead. I have never seen them hang back to get a DEE formation that benefits them. Peter and the boys should have been fined for hanging back, not praised by NBC.
    Jones said it best hockey is a game of attack. The Broad Street boys looked more like ballerinas than bullies.

    Appearently, they were so rattled by the 131 that they not only failed to score on a 3 on 1 break….but they couldn’t even hit the wide open net. Could that be why they lost?

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