"Who" is not buying into "what"?
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03-27-2013, 08:57 PM
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I tend to think the "not buying in" is not necessarily any 1, 2, 3 specific players on any consistent basis. I think it's that there are different guys being impact players some games and not being there in other games. Hitchcock is definitely frustrated with this. Just as an example, we've seen Berglund play some games with incredible defensive tenacity and in the same game seen him look offensively dangerous. In those games it's some other forward not pulling his weight, having an off-game, whatever you want to call it. Later in a different game, Berglund might be invisible (like last night) while other players carry more of the load. Tarasenko was dangerous last night as he's been since coming back from injury, but prior to his injury he wasn't a 200-foot player. These are just examples. You can point to most guys having on and off nights. A few times in the past 10-12 games we've seen some complete games played by the team. I thought the game in Calgary the other night was a fairly complete game except for the goaltending.
But I think that's the issue most frustrating Hitchcock – game to game he isn't sure what he's gonna get and who's gonna show up. Even if the guys having off games rotate around, it signals to him that it hasn't sunk in with the team that to reach the goal of being the best and winning the Cup, it simply can't happen that way. I don't get the sense that there's any specific scapegoat on this team. Even in our forum where we debate these things there's very little consensus about which players, and that animates the question behind this thread. There's no obvious culprit. It's more of a team identity/mentality that every night every player brings an A effort. Hitch is understandably frustrated because last year there was so much A effort from the entire team that they could even carry a terrible Stewart and not miss a beat. This year Stewart has responded in a big way but even he is guilty of not showing up with the same effort every game. He had his big streaky burst recently and that's his playing profile regardless of his physical conditioning, but the point is there are fingers to point at nearly every player on the roster. That 6-1 start just gave these guys an overinflated sense of themselves. That 6-0 Wings drubbing was too easy, and it set a bad tone that they didn't have to constantly play on the razor's edge of one-goal games they had last year.
Well said. I agree that it is more an issue of "not every player player showing up every night," than an issue of the same players sometimes not showing up.
If it was only one or two guys, we would have seen them as a healthy scratch by now.
And it's not just a night to might issue
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