Originally posted by ninerfan4life:
Originally posted by TheRatMan13:I read that Doug Wilson wants McLellan and his staff going forward. Very interesting.
Doug Wilson doesn't know he's getting married too
I think he saw what happened to the Canucks after getting rid of Vigneault. As much of a crybaby as he is, Vancouver fans were ungrateful and helped force the hand in the firing of the only coach to get them to the Stanley Cup Finals in years...
McLellan is a great coach, but like all of the coaches on the team have said, (to paraphrase) "We can only do so much as coaches. We can pep talk and fire up and motivate and coach up guys all day, but in the end, we can't force someone to play at the level it requires to win if they don't put it upon themselves to take what they've been equipped with -- or blessed with in terms of talent -- and get the job done."
I do not want to see this team sink to the depths like Vancouver. We can compete every year. This is the harshest, but the most MAJOR learning experience this team will face. We need emotionally strong, cool under pressure players to take over the leadership of this team so we can overcome the on-ice problems.
Firing McLellan won't fix the issue. I see these as two key issues:
1. Top level defensive depth. Vlasic is our rock on defense. Without him, we're embarrassing. Boyle has lost it, and he and his contract need to go. If we can trade his rights, we should. Very nice vet, great skater, but wears down late and doesn't have the physicality we need. Let's hope our rookies Mueller, Abeltshauser, Demelo, Acolatse, Doherty, or Tennyson are ready to fill the void(s).
2. Player leadership. When this team plays as a team, they are unstoppable with their level of talent. When out of sync and playing like a bunch of individuals, they look like the worst team I've ever seen and get pounded by inferior teams.