Calling up players does not equal a better team most likely. We all understand that.
As fans I think we feel we have a losing formula at play. It's not the losing, it's the apparent inaction that gets everyone in an uproar.
It has been proven that these passable vets are not able to finish, and it feels like alternatives are not being considered.
It's exciting to watch prospective players because there is so much to see and understand and fix. There is potential and that's motivational, energizing. These go-to vets who you know can't CAN'T bring anything new or fresh to the table -- watching that is like praying that something will change. It's very passive. One also gets the feeling they're dragging down hope -- the hope that the few new pieces will motivate them. Well, obviously the new guys trust these old static vets because they tend to adopt the stolid mind-set. Particularly when someone like Fayne - you feel like he's penalized for his freshness. He's far from passionate but it feels like he is compared to the rest. You also ask yourself how it is that Schneider could do his job so well in front of these AHL defence core that was our pre-season D. Stevens was animated behind the bench in pre-season. True they aren't showing him now but -- the passion is just not with this team. Bad desperation a la Gio is what I see. Is someone mistaking that crisis mode for passionate play? The result is for sh!t -- could be worse -- so the team is playing for loser points?
It's just not engaging. They players aren't. And how can a team win without any kind of engagement?