I think if Blues coach Andy Murray has a signature coaching move, it’s lowering expectations:
Our plan is to get better over time…we knew that there would be games when we wouldn’t play as well. So I don’t think anybody in our organization, to be honest with you, had any swagger. I think everybody gets excited about a team when they win a certain number of games. By the same token, people shouldn’t get too down on this hockey club right now because it is a work in progress.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty inspired.
Did you hear that? That’s the sound of Mats Sundin’s head exploding. ‘A week or two to pick a team?’ he’s thinking. ‘That’s just not enough time. You need at least six months to pick a team.’
The Flyers players seem genuinely excited about the prospect of landing Shanahan and while I see the value in a defensive player like Shanahan, I’m surprised they’re not trying to shore up their blueline.
Jim Kelley has a nice column on what’s right with the NHL this season. I find the positive spin a bit confusing, but Kelley makes some good points. I would add the rebirth of speed this season to the list. There are a lot of teams playing a quick, transition game and it’s great to watch.
Finally, congratulations to our new President.