glen a richter wrote:
I think Allen standing on his head when he got his cup of coffee played a major role. Pre-Allen (and pre-Ells going to Peoria) Ells was playing like absolute garbage and there was no light at the end of the tunnel. He needed two pushes: one from Allen and one from being sent down to get his head together. A well compensated goalie shouldn't need to be pushed like that to play up to expectations.
Absolutely true, and I can't argue any of that. But it did make me think for a bit and I came to realize that there's a lot of that going on with this team, in general.
Players like Stewart, who have the fundamentals of being elites slack off or don't get pushed enough or too much, like Perron or Oshie. There's like a lull that hits the majority of these players and the result is that the younger guys step up and play with fire. Our best line was the CPR and that should have been the worst. Why? Because honestly, if we could figure that out and put the kibosh on it, I think we'd win a Cup.
In other words we need vintage dickhead Ken Hitchcock and not modern day nice guy Ken Hitchcock. Which I completely agree with. Hitch is a shell of his former coaching self. His old self would never have let this team slack off as much as they do. I can understand the occasional mental lapses and it might be tough to play 60 minutes hard every night so on rare occasions you have yourself a shit game and you come back next time ten times harder, but often times this team played barely 40 minutes every night. After a great first period I was already prepping for the second period letdown and hoping they'd bring it back up a notch for the third. If Hitch doesn't want to coach them hard, perhaps next season should be it for him and bring in someone who will. I'd definitely say next season is make or break for his tenure as head coach.
But I digress from the original poll question. I stand by my decision that Jaro will be the #1 going into the playoffs unless, hopefully, he's been traded by then.