Last edited by RapidsCity; 01-08-2018 at 05:49 PM.
Apparently the apathy extends to those paid to watch and record the game. Kossoff was replaced by Mitens after the 3rd goal. The game sheet and the play by play both show Mitens coming in after the 5th goal.
The question I have for Laker fans is this, if things stay as they are and the team finishes in 9th place and out of the playoffs, should they stay the course with Damon Whitten or look in another direction?
The pro's seem to be it will take more time to develop a pipeline of recruits and they don't have a chance because of recruit budgets and the unfair advantages of most of the other teams, so it doesn't matter who the coach is.
The con's seem to be he is getting decent talent but not developing it to his system or in general, he has lost the locker room and players leaving early, apathy has set in on the ice and with the fan base not showing up, and his overall record as head coach is 38-83-18 a winning percentage of around 28%.
Last edited by Truth Serum; 01-09-2018 at 07:46 AM.
It appears the Laker hockey apathy has spread to the fan forum as well!
I think it's time to move in a different direction as well.
Who knows if someone else would do better, but I think it is worth a try. Northern has seen significant improvement after changing directions this year. Of the games I have watched there just seems to be a constant lack of effort.
The program isn't funded well, and whatever approach Whitten's taken may well not have had a chance to take root. Say you're an applicant for the next opening: are you interested in coaching for peanuts in an office where you'll have to do a lot of the off-ice work yourself and where the last guy got only four seasons?
I have thought about it since before the this season started and I have come to the conclusion we need to go in a different direction. Many reasons not just the win loss record have swayed me to feel this way. When I first met Damon I was excited and fairly confident he could turn us in the right direction. I don't think for a few reasons believe he can get the job done here or anywhere else for that matter.
Geof we are not sure how long the program can keep going so it's not something that I take lightly.
Barring a drastic turnaround on the ice and in the locker room, it’s time to make a change at the end of the season.
The negatives far outweigh the positives after almost 4 years under Whitten, and it shows on the ice, with the off ice issues in the locker room, and with attendance slipping to an all time low, with apathy setting in.
You can say all the right things, make lots of promises, and hope for a better next year, for another year, but at some point you need to see progress and results.
Make the change David Paitson.
There's one thing that everyone who is calling for Whitten's head is missing:
If he does leave, and a coach comes in with a radically different system (say, more clutch-and-grab based), a number of our current recruits will not work well in that kind of system, and we will be having the same argument as we will have decommits, or players underperforming because it's not their play style.
It's largely a ****ed if you do, ****ed if you don't sort of scenario. I wouldn't be completely upset if they extended Whitten's contract for one or two years, as a sort of prove-it deal, but there are also times where I wouldn't be too upset if he was let go at the end of the year.
One way or another, we will be finding out in the next month what's going to happen. If they do let him go, I'm guessing it will be within a few days after the last game, playoffs or not, to get a full offseason to get a new coach in.
But what we do know, right now, is that some players have their demons - look at what happened with Nenedal. There are rumors of others that are the next best thing to being functional alcoholics, these sort of things don't usually bring a locker room up. Hopefully now that this Nenedal thing is out in the open, other players will get themselves right, if need be, or that some steam has been let out, since it's not a closed door thing anymore.
And I did say rumors. I do not know first hand, since I'm not affiliated with the team, and while you generally wouldn't want to deal with that on your team, as long as they go out onto the ice and perform, then that's what matters in the here and now, though I would hope the team would do whatever it needed to do to get the guy help instead of wasting his future potential.
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