dbr wrote:JJ and Jones caught w/ a hot mic.
Yeah, that was kind of refreshing in a weird way, nice to know that they don't buy everything they're selling...everybody works for somebody.
I gotta say, one thing has been nagging me for a while. There seems to be this presumption with every Flyers team that they "have a good room." At what point do you start to point to the vet leadership on the team as being an issue?
This Blues game is the first one I can remember under Gordon where they just no-showed, but that was happening every other game by the end of the Hakstol era. This might be veering into hot take territory, but Simmonds has really PO'd me lately. Has taken a shit ton of dumb penalties and then didn't track Tkachuk at all in a game with 4 mins left when the team desperately needed a win.
I think Giroux comes from the Kimmo school of be quiet and lead by example, and I'd guess Couturier is similar, beyond that, where's the vet leadership on this team? I don't think Voracek/JvR are leaders, Simmonds I just mentioned, AMac has a letter pretty much by default. For the younger guys like Patrick, Konecny, Provorov, Sanheim, Lindblom (i.e., the guys that will need to be really good for this team to contend), who are they looking to for leadership?
I dunno, this kind of thinking is what leads teams like the Oilers into giving Lucic a 6 year deal, but I do wonder if they need new voices in that room that are going to demand accountability. Hak had clearly lost the room and I think he was mediocre as a coach, but you can't pin this entire season him and the goaltending.