I understand what you mean but I dont agree with the fact that these guys should need motivation. I have always disagreed with the whole motivation of athletes deal, it should be the team pride that automatically makes them want to do well.
Therrien has coached his life out to get a 15th place team to turn it around and believe that they could win. I think clinching so early has caused our guys to feel maybe a little elite but toronto and philly took that away. I hope they play to win tonight and make us forget the last two games.
It's tricky. Maybe they should be totally self-regulating, but no group is. Yeah, these guys are pros, but professionals of all ages and businesses get psyched out. Nothing you can do to stop it. I mean, can you think of another reason why the same team that was beating everyone for 40 games suddenly morphed into timid, disorganized mice with a head-case goalie?
We do not really believe Budaj is a 7-1-1 goale right? Sure he is overdue for a few losses. Those things do even out over time. Good thing this is a asterisk season.
Budaji has proven that he can win games when the habs come to play. He can be solid and make the timely saves, but he can't be faulted if the habs continue to make it easy to enter and control their zone.
Shortened season has nothing to do with it, he wouldn't get a lot of starts in an 82 game season anyway. He was overplayed in Colorado behind a bad team. No reason he can't do what Emery is doing right now.
Just noticed Weber's in. I hope this doesn't spell the end of our rookie exposure camp. We're supposed to be building for the future, right? No major trades to avoid selling away assets, right? So why not keep giving valuable experience to our future: Beaulieu and - maybe - Tinordi?
We're either in this race to win or we're not. By taking Beaulieu out, it looks like we're doing neither.
Beaulieu in my opinion isn't ready for the NHL to even profit from his experience. He should be with the Dogs.
Of the call ups we've had, he's been exposed the most. I think we should give Pateryn, Tinordi, or even St. Denis a shot.