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10-14-2013, 01:35 AM
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War, the flip side to that limited data argument is if the slow starts continually happen is that an issue even if we finish strong? How about starting strong and being ready to play from day 1 and playing strong all season long.
I think expectations need to be raised around here. We have owners that are above obviously willing to spend money so with that comes the expectation of winning games with the roster they're paying for. If Trotz and Poile felt the new signings were guys that would help this team achieve wins and they don't then the owners will have two choices, let it ride and see if the team develop or replace the coach and/or GM. If I'm an owner coming off last season and then dropping serious cash on free agents I want to see results. These guys are businessmen and results and money are the bottom line. We will see how this plays out and to be honest if they were just skating around with no purpose I'd be worried but the guys are buying in to what Trotz is selling.
I do think that Trotz and Poile are on a short leash after last season. I woudn't call it a hot seat just yet. But I don't think Ciggarran is going to allow mediocrity for any substantial amount of time. Look at the moves in spending and front office personnel since he took the reigns from Freeman. Firing Horecek (and the trainer??) were signs that something had to change. I believe those moves were message and came from above Poile.
If they don't start winning consistently with this group, I won't be surprised if Trotz is fired. But I don't think starting slow during October is enough to push ownership to that decision. The progression over the last 10 years is still trending up. If the team doesn't buy in to his system, he's done. I think they will buy in. And I think they'll start winning soon.
Forget about last season -- too many injuries, the loss of Suter, no training camp. etc... Would you fire Trotz today if the Preds were coming off of the 2nd round loss to Phoenix?
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