The first winning comment of our new COTW contest goes to FN member Gange, who won us over with this rant after the *ahem* set-back versus the Washington Capitals:
The three periods in one word each:
Great Abysmal Blah
It’s not shocking to see the same results as last year really. In the end I see this as absolving the coach and vilifying the GM.
I say this because when the team plays, puts effort in, skates hard, they are a smothering forechecking and pretty impressive team. That is the coaching staff. It’s been that way for the last 4 head coaches to different degrees.
Why does this vilify the GM? As I see it the current squad is basically the same as the squad last year that suffered the same problems. They seem fragile. No grand design seems to be coming together to make it better. The additions to this team have not improved the result. I hold the GM office responsible for the intangible as unfair as that might be.
As for Jarome, maybe it is time. Maybe he needs a change of scenery for the remainder of his current contract? Maybe that would give him a new lease on his hockey life. As my favourite player for the past many years it’s hard to see him struggle like he is and as goes Jarome so do the flames.
Last nights embarrassment is another in a list of things that they’ll have to think about. Did anything really change or is this just this year’s version of a 9 goal route by a better team that puts it all in perspective?
Good stuff Gange. We’ll be emailing you details so you can collect your $50 Hudson’s gift certificate today.
Honestly, there were a lot of good choices, so picking just one was a challenge. The quality and depth of the conversation around these parts has jumped up markedly this season and I would like to thank all the frequent commenters for their contributions (even though we may not always agree on everything).