Gotta get a few things out there. First, I don’t care if your coach is an asshole. He shouldn’t have to hold your hand or give you a pat on the back for your effort. You left that behind when your mom was no longer waiting off the field or ice surface with orange slices and a bottle of water. Second, he might be yelling because you are MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE OVER AND OVER AGAIN. If we as fans are throwing our hands up in the air and shouting obscenities at you as you weakly pass across in front of your own net YET AGAIN, I can only imagine what Ruff is thinking.
Look, I realize that emotions and personality play a part in all aspects of life, and for a hockey player, that includes hockey. I’ve had bosses I didn’t like, but I kept working hard because I prided myself on it. Didn’t mean I was happy with it, but I like working and money. The stakes are a lot higher for these guys, but so is the compensation (and it’s guaranteed money). Should you look for another job? Okay, I can see that. Don’t want to re-sign here? Sure, maybe that’s the case. But I think Mike Grier showed that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the hill.
I am a generally positive guy. I like this team, and most of the players and coaches. When I say I want to see the Sabres win the Cup, it’s these guys I’m talking about. I realize that players and coaches come and go (some cities have that a lot more than others) but on the whole, I’d like success for the home-grown talent and not free agent mercenaries. With all that said, if Terry Pegula/Ted Black/Darcy (or a new GM) decide these guys need to go, let’s do it. Now is the time, while the long term contract guys are still young.
Okay, NOW you won’t hear from me much more after this.