The Dutch Perspective: So, What Happens Now?
… In every season where a team is in contention for anything, whether it’s a division title, a playoff berth, or a playoff series, there’s usually a moment – either good or bad – that leads people to believe that the team’s destined to win, or not destined to win.
The last minute of the loss last night led me to believe that this team is not destined to make the playoffs. It seems as if the Kings’ team will be unable to counteract what the front office and the management of this organization have done. It seems as if this is one of those seasons where they’re largely not able to buy a break, and opposing players will play their best games against them.
Obviously, it isn’t over, and the Kings still have the ability to make the playoffs despite everything. But, to do that, they’re going to have to go on a run unlike any run they’ve gone on this season. They’re going to have to play their season’s best stretch of hockey. Seeing as how this team hasn’t really played a good stretch of hockey this season, maybe they’re due.
If they are unable to make the playoffs, that will mean that the Kings couldn’t develop enough cohesiveness to go on even ONE good run this season, and that being the case, I don’t see any justification for the GM or the head coach to remain with the team. Do you? It has been pointed out that, in effect, the GM of this team has traded away four first round picks during his six-year tenure here; five if you count Jack Johnson. This wouldn’t be such a bad thing, except for the fact that this GM’s stated plan was to build a foundation through the draft and from within.
I’m not denying that the current team is solid. It is very solid. I just don’t believe that the current leadership has the ability to see this team through to the ultimate goal. I don’t believe in the team Governor (who has been here for 16 years), the GM (who has been here for 6 years), or the head coach (who was last relevant 8 years ago). I don’t believe a team can win anything significant without a leadership group pulling in the same direction, and I don’t believe that is the case here. I’ve wondered all season long who exactly has been the captain of this ship. If this ship sinks instead of reaching the playoffs, I believe that it’s time for all of the leaders to go down with the ship.