All of the above. If this team fails to make the playoffs next year, all hell will break lose on this board. People that ***** about other people *****ing will themselves start to ***** like crazy. Pure rage if the season goes like last one did.
I am really going to try not to get sucked into all of this next season, BUT the guys I see becoming scape goats:
-Hunwick (just based off of last season; some people claiming he "stole" JMLs spot on the team, blahblahblah)
-Varlamov (major assets given up to acquire him and high hopes; if he gets hurt/doesn't live up to expectations... watch out!)
-Sherman (he screwed up the team by getting rid of _________!!!!)
-Sacco (it's just... Sacco)
Mind you, all hypothetical, but I wouldn't be surprised if it went like this.
-Hunwick. Sacco will give him 20 minutes a night because no one in our supposed top 4 can really move the puck well (not like Hunwick can, but they obviously think he can), which will result in him now directly resulting in 2 goals against a game instead of his usual 1. This will persist for at least a month and probably get Sacco fired (since if Hunwick's playing 20 min a night, we're going to be bottom 5 no matter what).
-Sacco, for reasons stated above.
-Sherman if Varly gets injured within the first 2 months of the season, and/or plays poorly. The hate will rage like an inferno.
Sacco and Sherman. They manage the team, no doubt with input from the remaining brain trust like Billington, etc., so if this team falls apart then the onus is directly on them. I don't think it will happen but these two men are most directly accountable.
If Hunwick plays poorly then he should not be vilified, Sacco controls his ice time.
Varlamov was a known risk coming into the upcoming season.
Stastny, should he play poorly, will have no excuses.
Quincey and Cumiskey fall into similar boats as Hunwick.