For one thing, this season was never going to be anything other than evaluation and development. That much is obvious now. And I think the results so far are indicative that this process is working. We're 30 games in and players are being shopped, guys are getting benched. Trades are getting made. Given how little real, actual progress Bylsma made in two years, we should probably be realistic about this team being where it is. I don't think things could progress any quicker given the sorry state of the team as a whole.
Gallant in Vegas is a completely different situation. They're an upstart team of guys who needed to come in and get things going real fast. No history to worry about. No team cultures to break. No systems to unlearn. No "stars" beyond a couple of aging vets. Every guy there is competing for a job because only a few of them have contracts beyond next season.
Botterill has said that he wants to get some competition going on this team. Too many guys with nice contracts, too many guys not feeling the heat from players in the minors. He's starting to follow through on it now because clearly it is a major problem. This team has had a miserable few years, including the tanks. There are a lot of problems to be solved that a team like Vegas simply doesn't have to deal with.
Wrong. The expectations were that this team was going to battle for a playoff spot. Going in with the attitude of "evaluation and deleopment" is a loser mentality. This is ice hockey were talking about.
Other than Moulson getting waived (which should've happened years ago), and the Wilson trade, what else has happened during the season? Nothing.
The Sabre's improved by 30 points in Bylsma's first year. They took a step back his second year, but that was because of Eichel's injury. In fact the 2016-17 team without Eichel is outpacing this current team with Eichel and an improved roster. Sad.
Creating a competitive atmposphere is not something the GM should be responsible for. The Head Coach needs to make it a competitive environment by challenging guys and handing out ice time to those who've earned it. That's not happening on this team, and that's Housley's fault. Just because he's new, doesn't me he can't hold guys accountable. How many times has Eichel been benched? Reinhart? ROR? none.
You hear it in player interviews as well, guys talk a lot about holding each other accountable... why? Because it's not coming from the head coach, so they need to police themselves. That's a losing environment, it creates a divide in the locker room... I've been there and had coaches like Housley, it's no beuno. The best coach is a guy all the players fear, and respect, he's not their friend, he's their leader. You want a friend? Look to the guy sitting next to you on the bench. That atmosphere brings guys together, and it's lacking on this team.
Edited by paj två tusen, 15 December 2017 - 01:28 PM.