Flo The Action wrote:Well this is no surprise...
Man, we are sliding into a lottery position.
Good luck resigning kalrsson and duchene.
Comments like this are just ridiculous when the reason we are in this position rests on guys like Karlsson. Are fans this blind or naive?
It's the average fan that buys tickets, buys merchandise, calls into the radio shows, and ultimately forms the majority. I don't think it's fair to call anyone blind or naïve. Everyone interprets situations differently and is entitled to their opinions. You and I have had our disagreements in the past and both of our comments have been warranted. A good example was our 'debate' about Thompson. As an 'average fan' I was pissed that Ottawa signed him while you countered with the fact that he's one of the best 4th line center in the league. At the end of the day, he's a good 4th line center, but he's a 4th line center on a crappy team that never needed a 4th line center. This team needs youth and speed not players past their prime who can't contribute. Sens PK and GAA is amongst the league's worst, their powerplay the same. So what impact is having a 4th line center when the rest of your team sucks?
Reality is, from a fan's perspective, we have a coach that boxes exciting players into a boring defensive system, won't play younger and more talented players who have something to prove over players he 'trust' and 'likes', and bases his coaching decisions on ignoring analytics. Look at the Leafs. All youth and they play an exciting brand of hockey. So why can't Boucher do the same?
You have a GM who signs slow, declining depth players at the expense of injecting youth and speed into the lineup, has no sense of player valuation, and holds on to assets until they are no longer tradable.
The Sens have an owner who has a history of being cheap, acting like an idiot in front of the media, and is rumored to want to sell the team.
I agree with Flo on this. The team is trending in the wrong direction. Turris never needed to be traded. Fans were happy with him, the community even happier. Dorion traded a top-end prospect for Burrows who is well past his prime and can't even keep up with the speed of the game. Added plugs like Oduya who is incredibly slow, Dumont who shouldn't even be in the NHL, and yes Thompson who plays a minimal role on this team. Where are Pageau and Smith? Why is Ryan playing if he's hurt? Why isn't Ceci scratched? All things considered the Sens are an old, slow, underwhelming team. Methot and MacArthur were replaced by stop-gaps. They were key pieces that continue to result in the team suffering.
So ya if I'm Karlsson or Duchene and I get the sense that management is going to fleece them on a new contract or don't see the team heading in the right direction I am walking. Yes this is a business but at the end of the day these guys are athletes and also want to win.