I'm not 100% on hitch, but where is the better option for this team?
I think the hawks are the better team and the only reason it is 2-2in the series is "the system". We are lacking in the top six forward area, and it shows up as streaky scoring.
If we don't win another game in this series, I think you have to call it a collapse. What that means for hitch depends on what coaching options are there in the off season.
We don't have an elite scorer. How do you blame Hitch for this?
Now I admit that I've been on the Fire Hitch train off and on for awhile, but its clear and obvious that the problem, if we do collapse, is that we don't have an Elite Scorer. Tarasenko and Schwartz may be solutions, but we don't have a certified goal scorer with grit and experience. We simply don't.
The last thing I want to see us do is botch up what we have now. I do not, do not, blame Hitch for this. I believe if we don't make it, we just simply don't have enough to make it. That's not Hitch's problem. Hitch is only working with what he has and we have come to the fight, we're not missing by much beyond that extra person.
To me, having Backes out is the difference in this situation.
I remember when the Sharks let Sutter go and he went to the Kings and won the Cup. We let Q go. We regretted that. I'd rather Hitch finish what he started and if our success means anything, we need to recongnize that Hitch is a major part of it, and letting him go is like spiting ourselves.