Yesterday was bad, but at least it wasn't "woman tries to bite off your dick" bad.
I don't know, gang. I left midway through the second period, after they pulled Smith, so I didn't get to hear the crowd boo the team off the ice. But I had seen enough. It was shit.
How do you fix it?
If it's me, if I'm coaching, I have the team play a trap. I might let them have one guy forecheck, that's it. I clog up the neutral zone and I play for turnovers.
There is some stat out there that says the Flames have given up the most high danger scoring chances in the league. Play the fucking trap.
The next thing I do is I start instituting fines, team wide fines, if the players don't respond to physicality. I saw 19 get hit in the head early in the first period, and no Flame even went over to chat with the guy who did it, let alone stand up for one of their meal tickets. I know the nerds are going to cry about this, but there is more to the world than what you can see. A gang mentality is a good thing to have for a sports team, and the Flames don't have it. The only way to force these pussies to stand up for each other is probably through monetary means. So I'd institute fines for pussyiness.
I think that's about all they can do. There is no trade coming, they don't have cap space next year to make a splash, this has to be fixed internally. It's on the coaching staff.
Furthermore, I think Derek Wills should be fired.