Who in their right mind, in Columbus of all places, fires a coach right after taking that team to their first ever playoffs? Anyone wonder why?
The consistent intensity the former Dallas Stars coach had might very well be gone, only players like Modano and Hull could tell us for sure. But for someone whose used a D-First mentality to take home a Cup and win the Jack Adams who is allowing the team to play like he has now says everything we need to know. This would not be acceptable to the Dallas Stars Hitch; he'd have the entire team bag skate til they understood that it's not.
It's possible that the Mike Keenan days ring too loud in the locker room to this day and every coach since has simply been too scared to embrace a win-or-you-bag-skate mentality due to the disasterous fallout that, along with the Laurie dismantling, set us back a decade.
Part of it might be a bad locker room presence and a trade might very well be necessary to restore order. But if Hitch isn't capable of running or being responsible for this team, maybe he is not the man to take us to the next step. Maybe we have the team to do it, and have the wrong man at the helm.
What these guys need, plain and simple, is to be held accountable and be made to be hungry to win. If they went on the ice, played hard and still lost, I think we'd be okay with that from the standpoint that we know the team we have and can make the acquisitions to move to the next level. We have yet to see what this team is truly capable of to be able to make that decision.
In any event, bad play has to be accountable to the coach first and foremost. And reading from how the synopsis at the beginning goes, it sounds to me like Hitch has become more their pal than their coach.
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