Everybody is attributing my thread to today's game, which isn't necessarily the case. This team was knocked out of the first round of the playoffs.
It seems to me that the majority of people posting are satisfied / content with a soft brand of hockey. That is what this is. Players like Bieksa need to show emotion, they need to be role players, they need to deliver and absorb the punishment that earn them their salaries.
I'm making several good points.
I know Booth is injured, obviously, my point being the guy is too pre-occupied with generating attention off the ice (i.e. trolling with his stupid "I killed a bear video") when he is a mediocre hockey player at best until he shows otherwise. I don't care if he is Kesler's best friend away from the ice. For the good of the franchise they need to toughen up and Booth hasn't brought much more to the rink with him than missed opportunities and phantom injuries on an ongoing basis. Fair criticsm.
Those of you looking at my thread as a post-game vent are completely wrong. If you want to sit back and watch the exact same soft team falter another season more power to you. However I'm a person to embrace change. I want to watch hard hitting, fast-paced gritty hockey games. I want to see a response. I want to see somebody STAND UP for the captain of the team when he gets completely rag dolled by some other teams' goon. I want to see Maxim Lapierre be an agitator, consisting of more than his dumb smile which doesn't help win hockey games. I want to see a tough, Canadian brand of hockey that this team is not delivering on.
Go ahead, embrace a soft team that gets walked all over. If you want to see what happens look no further than the LA series. One individual does not make up a team. They lost as a team and it is time the players we have deliver on their roles or serious changes are made.
Edited by Thirty Niner, 20 January 2013 - 01:21 AM.