devlman Posted March 31, 2020 Share Posted March 31, 2020 19 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said: But I have yet to see them mandate a tank with the Devils. If they wanted to interfere, they could (as some meddlesome owners can and will). They could've easily forced the coaching staff to play Schneider over Blackwood (hey, we're paying him, he needs to play)...but they allowed him to be mothballed in the minors for a while, while the clearly better player in Mac was allowed to play. They could've held Shero back from making obvious "Let's get better NOW" moves this past offseason, and found a GM to sell off as many useful assets as possible (like Palms and some others). You've seen what teams that are purposely tanking will do...look at last season's Dolphins. That's not happening here. Like I said, you have more a series of moves that didn't pay off as hoped, and a franchise that simply does what so many others do when their team is not anywhere near being in a playoff hunt, in what's very much become a defined "Buyer/Seller" market. I’m not criticizing them for being sellers at all. But here’s the thing, last off-season’s moves probably convinced them, like it did all of us, that we could be contenders for a playoff spot. That’s why they approved them (that, and being dead last in cap spend). It wasn’t their idea or credit for them, it was Shero’s. However, once it became clear that we would again suck, Shero was out. Shero likely stayed with Hynes as long as he did because he thought we were close and wasn’t going to rebuild from scratch. The owners’ firing of him and sanctioning of sell-offs not only showed accountability for results but also that they were fine with going for another high lotto pick. There’s also the game of public perception. They’ve alread gained the reputation in the NBA world for being shameless tankers, imagine if they publicly demonstrated they’d want to do the same in the NHL. The firing of Shero has been the closest they’ve come to a public signal that they prefer rebuilds over retools. Your Schneider point I don’t have a rebuttal for. Can’t explain that. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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