As I write this blog, I dread watching the Flames game as they host the Kings tonight. The main reason is because they are the most frustrating team in the league.
They continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. The difference is there is no Kipper to bail them out. To make it worse, even when Kipper was there, he was not bailing out this team. With shaky goal tending and all the mis-cues this team is making, who is really surprised they are simply bad every second game.
It would not be so comical if this was a new problem. Year after year, forwards not skating; defense pitching in at the wrong times; players giving up half-way through the game. This team continues to take time off; in fact, if they worked in a office, they would be fired for taking too many coffee breaks. Or maybe shabby work, messy work area, and mass confusion.
The Flames are changing lines constantly, in complete disarray. They remind me of a dysfunctional family; no-one knows their roles, they are running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
The leaders are leading this team in the wrong direction. There are new leaders on this team in Hudler, Wideman, and Cervenka. They lead by by example, trying to cut down on the coffee breaks. What bothers me the most are the silly penalties received out of pure laziness, hooking instead of taking that extra stride. And the selfish ones -- the refs always catch the second one, so stop hitting back.
As long as the players take the easy way out, they will not have success. As long as there is mass confusion, they will not have success. As long as there is coffee breaks, they will not have success. As long as there is no success... <sigh> I will continue to dread watching these games.