glen a richter wrote:
He'll have the opportunity to learn Hitchcock's system in time for him to make the NHL under a totally different coach when Hitch moves into the front office.
Well, again-that scenario involves some significant assumptions. Another year of playoff futility and I'd question Hitchcock and/or Armstrong in the front office.
You mentioned a lack of criticism on the other thread, which is certainly something I see among Blues fans (frustrating, because many of the same people can be critical of a much better team when in Cardinals fan mode, which shows how important winning is to a team's culture). Another thing I see is a lack of expectation. How many first round picks are on the roster? Didn't we spend up to the cap last season? Aren't we near it now? Didn't we set a record for points in a season? Didn't the ownership just open the checkbook for the top FA? The expectation now has to be a deep playoff run, conference finals at least if not straight-forwardly a cup (I won't go that far only because the western conference is murderer's row these days). A real expectation, like, if it doesn't happen something needs to change. What have Hitchcock & Armstrong gotten us? One division title and one playoff series win. If that's it, it's not good enough.
Market watch: Mats Zucarello will make $3.5M on a one-year deal in 2014-15. For those keeping score at home, that's $200K less and two fewer years than Berglund got (both RFAs).