this times infinity.
that fact that so many people dont understand this is shocking to me.. its like as fans we should just be happy and not complain or be embarassed or concerned if the team is becoming less and less a cup contender otherwise they are labelled as not a true fan., complete horsecrap!
thanks for your post as I think it echoes the concerns of many fans at the moment, or at least the ones who watch the games closely with a discerning eye.. anyone who has any hockey smarts at all can see when things need to be tweaked and especially to not just look and be fooled by the stats/record.
^^^THIS^^^ I've been a fan of this team since I could walk. I lived the heartbreak of '94, I watched this team get gutted under Mike Keenan, and I watched every game when we were perennial losers. But because I don't have this naive belief that playing sub-par hockey and beating up on weak divisional teams makes us a powerhouse, then I'm a bandwagoner. If I have legitimate criticisms of this team, then it's just a knee-jerk reaction.
The coaching staff has to go. This is not an opinion I've reached because we lost 8-3. It is from watching years of AV hockey being picked apart by better coaches and exploited. As much as I hate to quote Jonathon Toews, his "We're gonna expose them for what they are" was dead on. Chicago adjusted their strategy and exposed Vigneault's system, just as Boston and L.A. have done. It's time for a shake-up. The "process" is stale. The players are unmotivated. The mishandling of young players and certain defenceman has to change. The inability to make in-game adjustments is killing us. We need a new voice.
But I guess I'm just a bandwagon, knee-jerk troll, so what do I know...