It is amazing what a 3-3-1 schedule in the first 7 games of an 82 game season can do to some people. I kind of wish we wouldn't have made the play offs last year, then maybe there would be an outrageously high standard, that there apparently is now. Yeah, we had the best record in the league the second half of the season, but we were 15th in the west going into the second half of the season, then got swept in the playoffs. I wish everyone would quit expecting greatness from a team full of young kids, a couple decent vets and a shitty defense.
When we have been bad this year, we have been REAL bad and when we have been good this year we have only been good for part of the game, outside of the Anaheim game. So give it some time, everything will be fine, just take a step back from the ledge and give it 25 games. If we are still playing like this after 25 games then I will be worried, but some of you guys act like we are Toronto or something.
Are you serious? We got f-ing embarrassed last night. The team totally shit themselves on national television and you talk about "outrageously high standards?" I blame the coach when the whole team doesn't appear to have the first clue about what the "scheme" is for that nights game. I blame the coach when players aren't prepared to play from the first puck drop till the final buzzer. Pitt was flying out there, and we couldn't string together three passes in a row. Has it escaped your notice that pitt fired a coach and won a stanley cup?
Are you serious? It is 7 games into the season if we are playing like this 25 games in then yeah I would worry and call for Murrays head. Also, I don't think I am going to blame Murray for the team not being able to pass or not having the self respect to get up for a game against the Stanley Cup champions. I know it is the coaches job to get the team ready, but these guys are grown men if they can't get up and hustle for a game against Pittsburgh that's on them. I am not saying it has nothing to do with Murray, but when we are 7 games in and all of a sudden everyone is ready to fire Murray, everyone loved him the second half of last season when we were kicking ass, do you really think that since last year Murray is doing any less coaching than he was last year? I blame it on the players not doing what they need to do.
And as far as Pittsburgh winning the cup after they brought Bylsma up, I think it was more than just changing coaches. Therrien had "lost" the team from what I read, and I don't think Murray has "lost" the team yet. Also, I don't think you can underestimate the effect Gonchar had on the team after he came back from being injured.