Faire enuff..so the off ice staff decided the on ice staff was not performing as expected and decided on a Declaration of Independence. Works for me.
And very nice, original comeback Static. Had to chuckle over that one.
This relationship is a business decision that didn't work out. It happens all of the time. We don't really know what happened inside the offices and what, if any, the clashes were between the Crunch and Duck decision makers and staffs. Regardless, there is nothing morally right or wrong about a business decision, and in the end if it doesn't work out each of the parties goes its own way and is hopefully more satisfied about the decisions that it makes in the future. There is no need to get angry or upset about it.
I regret not having made it out to Syracuse to see at least one Crunch game when the Crunch were associated with the Ducks. The one time I had been to Syracuse before was to testify in federal court (litigation - a real blood sport), and I would have liked to have gone back under less stressful circumstances.
As previously mentioned, the relationship with the Jackets was ok until the last season. Once both sides realized it was going no further, then there was issues with Cbus. The Syracuse side of the organization tried to tell the Cbus side of the organization that the farm system was in trouble, and were pretty much ignored. Now the Jackets are near the bottom of the barrel at the NHL level and bringing in very high priced vets to help Springfield. I believe five of the top 25 paid players in the AHL have skated for the Falcons.
These are the same words of warning we have been mentioning since the Ducks farm system came to Syracuse. The team lacks leadership on the ice here, and the players are having problems getting in stride with the style they are being coached. Regardless of where they play next year, it has to be addressed again this off season.
Be a little disappointing for most of the season. Get red hot in the end. Sometimes it's enough, sometimes it isn't. He was really good in his brief AHL tryout last year too. He was also like that in the last 2 junior years.
Really surprised Maroon has not had a longer look with the Ducks. He is top 6 in scoring down here for the league. His physical play has dropped off a bit, but he is still getting the points. Rumor control says Jacques has an injured hand, which is why he is not dropping the gloves. Has taken a few shots the last few home games that he would have not hesitated earlier in the year so there may be some truth to this. Crunch starting to look like a team, but there are a lot of teams ahead of them in the points race. It is less than seven points to the playoff spots, but a bunch of teams shooting for those seven points.
Has Maroon's skating improved any? His issue the last time up was his conditioning, he was obviously not in NHL shape. He also had an odd upright skating style. I was hoping whoever it was who worked on Bonino had been working him as well.
Maroon's ice time has increased and he is not as winded as he was early on. Smaby is looking better, but needs to finish the year in Syracuse as he is still not ready for the NHL skating and wind wise.
Agree with DVM as that is the report we are getting here. Local fishwrap has "forgotten" there is other winter activities here in Syracuse since Syracuse University is seeded in the NCAA tourney. Have not even mentioned Palmieri's call up. Typical of the local sports coverage as they regularly "forget" about the Crunch and the Chiefs (AAA baseball farm team of Washington Nationals) whenever any story happens on campus. Few years ago, the SU Mascot suffering an injury made front page of the sports while the Crunch winning their eighth game in a row was on page 6.