goon attack wrote:
Why are people being frantic about this team? We're still in rebuilding mode. It's gonna be a few years, fellas. Melting down about EJ being in the pressbox for one game or Janssen getting some ice time is a little crazy.
I would generally agree with you here, but we are in the middle of an epic debacle at home right now and as a season ticket holder I feel the fans deserve a better effort to win games.
This isn’t a case where we are in complete rebuilding mode and we simply don’t have the talent to compete. We have a coach that cannot properly use and/or prepare these players to compete.
I stand strongly behind my belief that making the playoffs last year was the worst thing for this organization (save financial concerns). It had three extremely detrimental ramifications….
#1- It bought Murray more time.
#2- Caused the fan base to believe this team is better than it really is.
#3- Management thought this team is better than it is. We still were a horrible team at scoring last year. We simply rode effort and hot goaltending. Karia is done, Walt is a 15 -20 goal a year guy, Backas probably had a career high in goals scored last year. TJ Oshie is not a 30 -40 goal a year guy, he’s a solid 20 goal a year - tough nosed – grinder guy, Mason had twice had second halves in his career and has never sustained that level the next year. Brewer..is Brewer….no surprise . Jackman …is Jackman……no surprise.
You are right, this team is not ready to compete for a cup (or their division), but they are ready to be more competitive at home.
Unlike many, I do not expect them to play above their abilities. I will not however accept the fact that they continue not to play up to their abilities here at home.
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