"Frozen Royalty had this great take from Coach Terry Murray who, let's face it, could end up being the change made to kick-start this team if it doesn't turn around:
"When you've got a young hockey club like this, it's part of the process of dealing with that and learning how to become accountable, and how to hold a player accountable."
"That's not an easy thing to do," Murray added. "If you're standing in there as a player and you've got 19 teammates, and you're going to challenge somebody for something that happened, or for not doing something the right way, you'd better know what you're talking about and you'd better be able to go out there and do it yourself."
"That only comes from true experience and a good, veteran hockey club, because you can push yourself away from your team as a young guy if you just stand up and start to say things that are not correct. It's a fine line, and I don't think we are quite there with that veteran group in there yet to be able to step up and have that personality to [say] the right thing."
Both the Kings and the Sharks are too damn good to be on the outside looking in, now or at the end of the season. At least, in theory. The fact is that as we race past the midpoint of the season, the Dallas Stars aren't fading. The Phoenix Coyotes are, once again, playing like a Dave Tippett team and in contention. Ditto Barry Trotz and the Nashville Predators, and Randy Carlyle and the Anaheim Ducks (who've yet to get Getzlaf back).
The West is unpredictable after the two seed. The Kings and Sharks are only three off the pace. But both have disappointed in unanticipated ways, making you wonder if there's something deeper at play here than just failing to meet expectations. "