I think a team made up of HFboarders playing for free would have put more effort into this game. Have the players given up on Carbo? Is there some sort of dysfunction in the locker? I was expecting a dominant team this season, not this.
TK has been less than stellar these past couple games. Not his fault, he belongs on the fourth line.
I think the problem is that we have a lot of average players playing a much bigger role than they should (TK, Gorges, etc.). These players are probably exhausted right now and it shows because they were the only one who were trying in the first place.
It's clear that this team needs work. They're not trying at all right now. Sure, the team can turn it around and be world beaters with all this talent. BUT this team has not looked great at any point past October. Minor issues have become bigger ones. Gainey's inaction is reaching its breaking point.
We have too many players worried about their own ass or just not inspired enough to play for this team. Mistakes and defensive zone coverage are brutal.
-The trade rumours have shaken up the players badly. Gainey either needs to make a trade or reassure his players of their position on the team.
-Expiring contracts are another issue. The guys are not playing out of their mind like Malone did to get a bigger contract. It looks like the pressure of playing for new contract in Montreal out of all places during its centennial season has gotten to them.
It's just not working, and I don't think this is a self-fix problem. The team doesn't need an overhaul, but it needs a magic hand. BOB!!!!!