So what happens when the stimulus is gone? What will motivate these players to play like they just were inspired by their organizational leadership or scared stiff at the thought of change in hockey operations?
My friends, I think that's the crux of the matter.
|There's some talent on this Columbus Blue Jackets team, but what's it|
going to take to keep their heads in the game night in and night out?
Sure, their bottom pair of blue liners is abysmal (and their second pair won't contend for a Tim Horton's All-Star Game any time soon), but the roster is talented enough to cover over those holes. Detroit may not be the Red Army Wings any longer, and Anaheim may not be a top tier Cup contender, but neither of the teams was a slouch.
Think about it. The CBJ pretty much owned both games, even with their injury-depleted roster, right? (But that removes yet another excuse from the table, though, doesn't it?)
So can coaching pick up when this wave of externalities will eventually subside and pilot this pool of talent to enough victories to stay competitive and perhaps (just maybe?) angle into playoff contention? And if the coaching capacity to motivate is indeed there, where in the world has it been for the first ten percent of this season?
Your answers are as good as mine right now. Now please pardon me while I ponder what might have been.