When asked after yesterday's practice in Chicago about the loss in Minny and whether complacency is an issue, Hank's response was -- "Not at all," he said. "That has never been the case."
Hamhuis's response to the same question?
"I would say that (complacency) has probably been our issue in the games we haven't played well," Hamhuis said. "The urgency to win probably isn't as high as it could be and that's probably a direct result of the long season last year and (being) late season this year."
"We are not competing as hard as we can and having some mental lapses and maybe the urgency level isn't as high as it could be," Hamhuis added. "It's always a little harder toward the end of the season when you are not fighting for a playoff spot. But we have important things to play for like home-ice advantage and making sure we put ourselves in a good position heading into the playoffs."
I really have to wonder with the discrepancy in comments whether Hank is truly the leader of this group. His comments after losses seem way out in left field when compared to what we are actually witnessing on the ice on many nights.
Would teammates be looking at comments like his and privately shaking their heads thinking "WTF are you talking about?". Or would they see him as just trying to protect the team?
So maybe the real question is, does Henrik have the heart of a champion?
Does he HATE LOSING enough?
Does he HATE winning by only a goal against much weaker opponents?
Does he want the Cup bad enough that he'll throw a check, stand up for himself, occasionally go into the dirty areas, take shorter shifts, or work harder in the defensive zone?
The answers to these for me are "NO", and his response to the complacency question to me is symptomatic of the bigger issue here. In his position as captain, it means that he's basically telling his team ITS OK...and that don't worry be happy attitude is considered OK by his teammates too.
And maybe that's the real issue with this team right now.
Edited by MJDDawg, 21 March 2012 - 08:54 AM.