Boring Choice #2 wrote:I think the biggest problem is that after years of Clemmensen and Terreri, the fans are used to backups who can actually come in and have the confidence of the team.
Those days have been over for a bit now.
The other problem is the typical mentality in hockey of going with the vet. Kinkaid came in as the backup because the team wasn't willing to bring in a vet (positive), but had been outplayed by Wedgewood in every preseason that they faced each other. The only reason the team went with Kinkaid over Wedgewood was that one was waiver exempt and the other not. And then they just stuck with what they know instead of taking the risk on the other guy.
Lack and Appleby might be better than Kinkaid, but not substantially enough to really care. The fans bitching about the situation is a symptom of the problem, not the actual problem. The problem is in having guys like Kinkaid and Lovejoy take the minutes due to loyalty instead of moving on from them and improving the team. It's a typical hockey mentality.
In fairness Kinkaid played well last year hence why they resigned him. Clearly wasn't worth doing that and were stuck with him. Wedge should have taken the job from him two years ago though.