Desiato wrote: The truth is that despite their good record, an objective argument can be made that then Penguins, as a team, have not consistently played in a way that is typically required to be successful in the playoffs. It seems this has been an issue for at least two of the past three seasons. Some argue the past three.
What is the root of the cause? It is impossible for any of us to prove. That's why we have discussions based on our opinions. Who cares if I think Bylsma is the problem? I don't see him being replaced this year, so I hope as much as anyone else I'm wrong.
Why do I post about it? Because I'm concerned about it. Like most of you, for some reason I cannot explain, I care about the performance of a professional hockey team. For some, possibly dumb, reason, I invest time and energy following them and analyzing their performance.
I don't see a problem with a civil hockey discussion. Hating on alleged haters is what's dumb and creates true negativity.
I just wanted to quote this, as this sums up what I personally feel much more eloquently than I have been able to speak it lately. I imagine many other posters do too. Blind optimism is just as bad as blind pessimism. The truth of the matter is we are all fans of a team that has the chance to be great, and to do great things, win championships for us to be entertained and excited about. We may have different opinions on the tweaks that need to be made, and there isn't anything wrong with having those opinions. Thats what this board is for. The bulk of negativity comes from the hating on one side or the other. The sarcasm. The little potshots. I myself have been guilty of this and all it really does is bring the board down and hurt the discussion amongst other fans. And that sucks.
The Pens didn't quit. They could have given up. Ownership and Management hasn't given up. They will do what they can to put the best team on the ice in their opinion, which, frankly, is worth way more than anyone on this board. We can discuss their decisions till were blue in the face, but they havn't given up. They are in it to win it.