penny lane wrote:
The only other times I have seen Sid played as he did in the play-offs was in the 2011 winter classic and
after Hedman compounded the concussion v tampa bay. I hope that Sidney would not take risks playing with a concussion. When James Neal took the ice for a game with concussion symptoms , that is similar to how Sid played against the rangers. In a fog, delayed reactions. Burnout /stress; it doesn't happen all at once. Sid earned an art ross and most likely a Hart trophy this year. My hope is Sid is away on the beach somewhere with a drink that came with an umbrella .
Sid, like Blysma never comes out and says " this was on me." People just want you to be real with them. Last year, Evgeni said he was his fault/reason the pens lost to boston.
I appreciate your response, Penny, and I understand what you are saying.
I, too, hope that Sid wasn’t playing through concussion symptoms, and I like to think that he’s smarter than that. I personally think that burnout is more likely, but who really knows? He started out on fire last year playing like the Sid we know and have come to expect. But early in the new year, his game seemed off, and that continued, really, throughout the rest of the season, culminating in his mind boggling performance during the playoffs. Still, he was able to win the Art Ross, based largely on the numbers he put up during the first half of the season, and I find that amazing. Somehow, he still found ways to contribute, to help his team, even though he, clearly, was starting to experience difficulties.
Your point about Geno is well taken and instructive. One of the things I love the most about him is the fact that he wears his heart on his sleeve. I find that very endearing. Sid is an entirely different personality. For the most part, certainly when he’s off the ice, he’s very closed emotionally, and not one to put his feelings out there. This doesn’t mean, of course, that he doesn’t care, or that he doesn’t feel responsible for letting his team down. I don’t doubt for a moment that he cares, and cares deeply, and this would simply be another stressor contributing to his overall stress level.
We’ll never know how the fans would have responded had he been more open, more willing to share his feelings and take responsibility for the team’s poor playoff performance. Maybe there wouldn’t have been such a strong negative reaction to him, such an overwhelming denouncement. Sid can’t change his personality, but to the extent that his emotional containment is more a coping mechanism than a personality trait, change is possible. Being able to express his feelings more openly would benefit him personally, and also would make it easier for fans to embrace him and grant him a little more slack when things go south.