“There’s a lot of positives from today’s game, but the big negative is that we lost. We were positive on the bench, we were positive in the room. We had a good, hard work game, I think, but we just never got rewarded. I don’t think they outplayed us. I just think they capitalized on more of their chances than we did. It’s not going to be easy to turn this ship around. We have to understand it’s going to take everybody. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and effort and concentration by 24, 25 guys in here. We just aren’t find that right now.”
Did you catch it? It seems innocent, and it may be innocent. We all know I read into things that perhaps have no meaning deeper than an NHL roster full of AHL scrubs… but I digress about the St. Louis Blues. However, read this part again.
“We have to understand it’s going to take everybody. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and effort and concentration by 24, 25 guys in here.”
The Kings have 23 players on their roster, including healthy scratches Peter Harrold and Alexei Ponikarovsky and backup goalie Johnathan Bernier. No NHL team is allowed to carry 24 or 25 players.
Perhaps Stoll misspoke. However that doesn’t seem likely when you consider that Stoll has been around a while and team’s have had, for as long as I can remember, a 23-man roster limit during any given NHL season. So who are numbers 24 and 25?
Did Jarret Stoll just indict the coaching staff in the most subtle way?
“A lot of hard work and effort and concentration”
I may be wrong, but it looks to me like Stoll, accidentally perhaps, just called out the coaching staff for lacking focus. Did I just read the beginning of public displeasure with Terry Murray?
Its hard to say, and even if Stoll were asked for clarification, I doubt he would outright say he was talking about Murray and/or Kompon and Stevens even if he did mean what I think he meant. That would be pretty classless and a good way to get your ass traded. However I can’t help but feel this comment was directed at a coaching staff that Scribe & I are certainly no more pleased with than it seems the players who have admittedly lost their focus have been.
Or maybe Stoll just don’t count too good.