Obviously responses will be subjective, but here's where I stand:
Hextall inherited one of if not the absolute worst contract structure in the league when he took over. It was a hot mess owing in no small part to several years of terrible management by Homer. Upon Hex taking over the job, he immediately said as much, albeit with far more diplomacy than what I just showed.
I for one hated every moment of it. It made no sense, and while other teams seemed to find success ye
I agree with your assessment. It’s easy to alternate between excitement and frustration during the ups and downs of a season. But overall, there’s a lot more to be excited about moving forward, and I think one word for me sums it up - sustainability.
Hextall has basically turned a run-and-gun franchise built on emotional management into a process-driven model of sustainable development. All the way from scouting and drafting, to team and individual development th
Yeah, for sure. Neuvy clearly isn't the guy either. In both cases, the season was destined to be tinged with subpar goaltending.
That said, it goes to show how great the team has been. While they have had bad stretches, they've also had stellar runs, and that despite very weak goaltending all season long. That says something about the talent and skill we currently have imo.
However i have to say a train wreck is unfair. I say more of what was expected.
Hard to call a guy who is 22-11-0-7 2.72 gaa 908% a train wreck.
Especially when the defense in front of him on a nightly basis is skating 2 men down (Mcudd and Manning are dressed!).
I'll give you mediocre, underwhelming or even a dime a dozen (maybe pushing it) but not train wreck.
After this year Hak staff needs to be replaced.