The excuse this year to not let he younger players develop and have a roster spot was that it was a shortened season, no room for error. Last year it was we were fighting for the PT. The year before it was because we were fighting for the PT and wanted to go deep. Fine I get all that. But look at teams that were forced to use their younger players, like Ottawa,and look where they are. Hell even look at Toronto.
My point is that at some point you have to let the younger players play and you have to put them in situations to succeed.
Most of us, some much more vocal, have been saying since the Boston series that we were looking stale, tired, unmotivated. The year we went to the finals we had a swagger and it was infectious. We all believed. But the loss to Boston took something out of the team that they have not recovered. Time for a change.
If we don't deal with this in the next two seasons we will find out that there was indeed an expiry date on the twins. I don't advocate trying to move them, I still think they are point a game type players and very valuable to this team. But we have never been able to build around them and when the playoffs come we get disappointed because they haven't shown that they can carry the team in a playoff grind.
We have to build around them now and adding 3rd and 4th line players in a revolving door mentality won't cut it. MG tried in getting Booth. I was happy with that pick up. It hasn't produced the results we wanted. He tried to strengthen the back end and I was happy what the Ballard pick up. It hasn't worked out.
Now I say its time to see what the kids can bring. We know what Tanev brings, I think Corrado is a keeper. But what about up front. Fuck the only kid we have playing regularly is Kassian and he gets shifted around more than I care to count. We have to start to develop our twin replacements.
I'm tired of MG saying that he doesn't understand all the fuss, the team is competitive every year blah. blah, blah. Don't get me wrong, I like being on the upside but we are no longer a contender. I'm not prepared to be content with just being in the race,mid pack, every year. I don't advocate a blow up either. Clean out the dead weight, the excess cap and let the younger guys play. Find a coach who can intricate them into the line up and help develop them.
I've spoken to a few people today all of whom have season's tickets. Every one of them said they want this over in four because they don't want to have to pay for game 5 tickets.
But the bright side, if we get swept we get a better draft position.
Right after Columbus I think.