"I think part of the quit in this team comes from the media."
"Has anybody here said anything good about this team recently?"
He backed his team and went on the offensive against the media. Was it an intentional distraction or him just speaking his mind? Who knows, but the team responded down the stretch.
So you could view their 16-4-4 record as Post-Pegula-Media-Slam
Obviously there is no "before" and "after" Pegula here, but what we did see again is Pegula speaking out publically in support of his team, trying to deflect blame for their play and stand behind his belief in them.
"I have to believe we're a better hockey team than we were last year. We just didn't have this massive, catastrophic injury problem. Put yourself in anybody's place in the organization. How do you evaluate what's going on?"
"They know that more than you do," Pegula said. "I hope you don't think Drew Stafford is happy with his goal production, or Derek Roy, or Ville Leino. They're pressing. They've played pretty well lately. If we get some consistency in the lineup for a period of time, I got to believe it will fall back together again."
"My attitude now is, 'Let's put Humpty [Dumpty] back together again,' " Pegula said. "I want our players to know that I thought we had a pretty good hockey team until all this happened. Let's paste it back together and start a new season."
Prior to those comments: 18-19-5
After those comments: 18-10-5
On a final note, Terry Pegula backing his team publically does not preclude Darcy from making moves in the off-season to improve the team. That's not what this thread is about. It's about whether or not Terry's words carry weight in the team's performance and commitment to backing up their own words. So what kind of weight does Terry carry outside of his pocket books?