Some things to consider:
1. This didn't start happening until we activated Wade Redden. Is there something about him we don't know? Really? Really? Redden>wowavierswika this is not some voodoo one player problem :doh:
2. The last time Hitchcock was relevant was when he coached the Stars about a decade ago. He took the BJs to the playoffs and right after was fired. Red Flag? Jack adams?
Look at the last few coaches we've had and tell me who, in the last decade, have been releavant for that matter? Payne? what would he know about what it takes to win at the NHL level? Murray has never won a Cup. Way I see it, we sign cheap coaches who are past their prime or who are shots in the pan. Nothing that will take us where we want to go, so the end result is lackluster and aggravating for the players and fans. I still feel we should hire Brett Hull. If anything, he will motivate these people.
3. Backes can say anything he wants, but it's about the same effect as what Hitch has done; it's words, videos, slaps on the wrist. What, as a Captain, is he doing with the team to make it work beyond being pissed off? Frankly, until recently he's looked pretty bad. He did have a slow start but he can't force the guys to skate laps and suicides and sit guys on the bench, he can yell and degrade players for not doing what they are suspose to....what he said in that interview was a direct jab a player(s) don't think he is doing the same thing in the locker room?
Popularity should not determine who gets the C, the C should go to the Captain who motivates the team, makes them play and gets them to leave all they got on the ice. And I'm sorry, but that guy isn't David Backes. This was brought up in flashchat last night, if not him then who....nobody came up with a answer last night because he is the best choice.
4. Goaltending is not our problem. Pinning all of the responsibilities at goal to one person is. Elliott, we have all pretty much agreed is the 1A but everyone expects him to play like Glenn Hall with people not realizing that even if he played like that, we'd still lose cause the offense ain't doing jack and the D has been nothing more than a serious distraction to the guy in goal; instead of worrying about 2-3 man rush, they're trying to watch 5-6 players who are all in the way, and half of that is their own teammates. Agree
Our problems, in my mind, have been consistently a few things: Bad leadership, inadequate elites and the complete lack of a Win Now and Sacrifice mentality, which is what is keeping the real elites from considering the Note: No one wants to play for a losing team, not on the stats or in the clubhouse.
There does seem to be a problem with getting a fire ignited, I would say a lack of discipline is more the problem, perron needs to be a healthy scratch until he plays as a team member not an individual same with a few others. We need to finish checks, or just start checking period, enough with playing along the board trying to break though traffic play it to the guys in postion or guys that can net it from the blueline like petro, jackman or redden.
Stewart is awesome on the power play but 50/50 on his line so whats the issue should we pair stewart with different players, I know he can play and he has been working his ass off its just not working for him like it should be.
If Berg cant hit the net he shouldnt be playing, sorry thats how I feel I'm sick of hear pang say " SHOOTS! and its a foot wide."
Frank tank rookie what ever you want to call him needs less ice time, he is good but i think he is getting overwhelmed.
Backes keeps the C, Steen gets A and everyone else works for ice time and the 1
not 3 other A's, maybe Andy Mac maybe Jackman maybe someone else or no one at all really don't need 2 alt's in my opinion.
I have a theory maybe someone stole the wiener hat?