|Hitch mingles with the intelligentsia at Training Camp|
The responsibility part is kind of hard for me. The only move that Scott Howson made that I disagreed with at the time it was made was the firing of Coach Ken Hitchcock. I didn't agree with it at the time, and I thought the reasons proffered (the game has passed him by) were weak. I feel even more strongly about it in retrospect. Essentially Hitch was fired because he didn't develop Filatov. That's a heck of a note.
Other than that, I have generally pretty much agreed with Howson's moves (except Glencross for Tarnstrom, though Glencross wanted to be in western Canada). In hind sight, I disagree with a lot of Howson's moves. The problem is that Howson never has hindsight to use as a tool when decision making. He has it as a learning tool, which is something that JPM intimated in his letter today. We knew Howson was relatively inexperienced. What is his capacity for learning?
Because I generally agreed with Howson on most of his moves, I won't be protesting tomorrow. (Disclosure, I don't have a lot going on, so I'll be down there because I care, and I'll be in the role of staff photographer for this blog. I also know and respect many of those who will be protesting, so I reserve the right to talk with them like they were regular folks. But I won't be protesting).
Which brings me to the Cleveland Browns.
All you have to do is look north to the Cleveland Browns to see what happens if you keep blowing up your executive offices every 5 years. You get a train wreck. The CBJ brought in significant perspective with Craig Patrick. Its time to see what that perspective does in the current context. I felt that Howson bought himself some time by bringing in Patrick, and I think that is still true. Most importantly, that's how I think ownership sees the situation.
The protesters point out that this is a results oriented business, and we are not seeing the results. And that is true. But I don't think the results are as far off as some think they are.
Blowing up the executive offices likely means a couple of more years of losing hockey. Everyone should get their arms around that. There are executives who tiptoe that mine field, but that is the exception, and not the rule.
If only we could get some truculence!