© Chuck Duboff
“The team thought it was going to be easy because these teams aren’t doing as well as us” Patrik Laine commenting on the 6-4 loss to the Florida Panthers. (note: Geoff commented how refreshing Laine’s comments are…nothing but honest and truthful.
A few thoughts on the disappointing week the Winnipeg Jets are having. I had mentioned to our resident Jets blogger Geoff, that the team was bound for a market correction. Like everyone else, I’ve been excited how they’ve been playing, however, there was no way they were going to maintain that level of winning. This is brand new territory for the team, organization and fans and you have to learn how to win from high up on the standings. All the talk this past week, after the blowouts of Vegas and Ottawa, were about Stanley Cups and parades at Portage and Main. I guess with age you tend to be a little more objective and restrained about getting too excited…
When our own players are saying they weren’t ready to play, that they “thought it would be easy”, I think that is evidence that all the media attention they’ve been receiving may have gone to their heads. From the Hockey News, to the Sporting News, to NHL.com to TSN, suddenly our Jets were being noticed, which led to “fun commentary” about Stanley Cup championships.
Let me make this clear…the Jets have been playing great hockey and its been exciting, but, and this is the point I am leading up to…Complacency leads to Mediocrity. As I shared with Geoff: I am no fan of the New England Patriots…but, they have won millions of Super Bowls and there is a reason why; they don’t sit idly by. Bill Belichik will trade a veteran in the middle of the season, he will cut a star player and he will not tolerate anything less than excellent. There is a reason why he always wins. Same with the Pittsburg Penguins…they are always retooling and winning Stanley Cups.
It’s nice to say that Joel Armia has all the talent in the world…but, he is in his “funk” now, almost a sense of complacency! Andrew Copp and Brandon Tanev haven’t scored in calendar years…we can act like they are the second coming or we can try and improve. This is not panicking, this is trying to improve your team so you continue to win and stay high up in the standings. I’m not a big fan of Shaun Mathias or Marco Dano, so maybe it’s time to call up Jack Roslovic!! He’s been on fire in the AHL and would certainly be an improvement on the afore mentioned players. Kyle Conner doesn’t get a pass either…last night on the winning goal for Florida, Conner just waved his stick and made no effort on the back check.
There are those who don’t like change and would see this as panicking…I see this as wanting to improve the team and not just “settle”. That takes us back to the old Jets.
Complacency leads to Mediocrity