Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:34 AM
Well AV is right, it is a different group that we are seeing. (disclaimer: this is all speculation on my part)
Let's take Kassian first: he's young, and IMO doesn't seem like a guy who knows, or accepts, his role yet. At the beginning of the year he was put with the Twins where he saw success, he scored goals, he went wild, the crowd went wild, his blood was rushing through him like a rookie on fire! Then AV took him off that line as a big power forward who scores goals and demoted him to the 4th line to be a grinder. Do you think Kassian was/is walking around the dressing room with a big positive smile on his face? No. We got a sense of his frustration too when he was caught arguing with Booth on the bench, which looked like him trying to tell Booth how to play. I noticed small confrontations with Booth twice fwiw.
Ballard: the guy has continued to get shafted year after year by AV, and this is a guy (Ballard) who you want in the dressing room and on your bench. He is a heart and soul guy, a teammate that always sticks up for his buddies, a joker (as in, a practical joker), and a class act. Picture being on the Canucks and being friends with Ballard, knowing how classy he is trying to remain, knowing how badly he wants to play, and then seeing him play a game here and there only to get demoted to the press box time and time again. Personally, if I was a teammate of Ballard, I'd be pissed at the coach.
Kesler: has apparently always had problems with the coach. Let us not forget that the managerial problems with CoHo first came about because AV questioned Cody about the severity of his back. Think about that for a second... what a DB move by AV! Then AV questioned Kesler about his injuries, heck, AV is probably questioning Kassian about his back now too. And for all we know, going back to Kassian for a second, he is faking his back a little bit. Maybe Kassian can't stand AV and secretly wants to lose more games to get him fired? Don't believe for a second that something like that never happens in the NHL.
I'll stop here, but I think we can all start to see a pattern and it has nothing to do with the players and everything to do with AV. Coach Vig plays major favourtism and we as fans know it, but more importantly, the players know it. I can honestly say that as hard as a person could try to remain the good teammate, it would be very very frustrating to be on a team with a coach like that. You can ask players to buy into it, but they are all only human. As soon as you get one guy who is pissed off at the coach he will talk to another, and another, and soon enough it isn't just one pissed of player, but a handful... and then we lose multiple games.
Food for thought.