I'm seeing the exact same team on the ice that got Kitchen and Murray fire. We've already been told they aren't firing the coach this time so what do you do?
There is clearly no leadership in that locker room. And Hitch was worried about that when Langs went down.
There is clearly a source of 'quit' on this roster that has been here. It creates an loosing atmosphere.
IMO it's not a lack of a scorer or problems on defense....it's not enough effort and we've seen this show before.
Management/Hitch needs to send a message...I don't know if it's sitting someone in the rafters or it's shipping someone out of town...but this team needs a wake-up call and they need it soon.
If they really want to send a message, sign one or two Elites. Spend the money. Giving Oshie a money contract motivated him. Stewart on the end of his contract motivated him. This team is motivated by cash money and they KNOW they're playing for a team that refuses to pay and do what it takes to win. So they play like it.
We've lost more players to those two factors, money and the ability to win a ring moreso than anything else.
As much as I feel Hitch should be ditched, I have to go halfway and say that Hitch doesn't have anyone worth a damn in offense that can help make a difference. We've kept shots on goal down, so his D-first training has done wonders. With Steen, Tank and Amac and Langs out and their slots being filled with MINOR LEAGUE HELP, what do you expect, offensive firepower?
Yeah, we'll beat the bottom dwellers, but the teams worth a damn, like I said 5+ games ago, are going to walk all over us. I saw the trend start and everyone thought I was nuts.
Well, welcome to now. This team doesn't have the resolve to get through adversity and don't have the cornerstones to help them get through adversity and help develop them into the players we know they can be so they can get through adversity on their own. Which kind of is the point of developing players; we don't have that player(s) that can do that.
We need to sign those cornerstones and pay face value for them. End of story. Otherwise, here's your St. Louis Blues team.
It may very well be that the problem hasn't been coaching OR the players, it might be that we don't have the players we need to make it happen because we prefer to pay little money than the money it takes. Just like everything else in life, you get what you pay for.