Coaching change not unexpected
It’s easy to blame the coach when a t eam i s struggling. Doesn’t matter how the team is playing on the ice, wins and losses count.
Like it or not, the coach is the face of the franchise and when brass decides it is time to make a change the coach is almost always the first one on the chopping block.
So, when word broke last week about Steve Power’s ousting from behind the bench of the Ceebees, was anyone really surprised?
With the team managing just three wins out of 12 games, something had to give and unfortunately, Power lost his job.
This was much to the chagrin of yours truly, since Power was always a pleasure to deal with.
But, looking closely, were the Ceebees playing that badly? No, not really.
They’ve been in a bunch of close games, falling short in the third period on a number of them. A bounce here, and a bounce there, the Ceebees could easily be 8- 3 rather than 3- 8.
There are a couple of lines rolling at the moment. The Delaney line — I call them that for lack of a better term — is dangerous anytime they hit the ice.
The addition of Morgan Warren to the line has added some sandpaper to the dangerous combo of brothers Ryan and Keith Delaney.
Matthew Thomey, Ray Dalton and Colin Feehan have started to pick it up — Feehan especially. He has been a huge part of the offence the last couple of games.
The defencemen have shown themselves be capable of keeping up with the enhanced game speed of the new league.
But alas, in sports, wins matter. And, when you are a team used to making an annual trip to the Herder final, there has to be wins.
I think they’ll come. They have to come really, even it is just to give me something positive to write about.
Sidney Crosby is out with indefinitely with the dreaded concussion- like symptoms.
Who knew that when the person who first coined the phrase, “The Next One” when referring to Crosby, he really meant Eric Lindros and not Wayne Gretzky.
That is how I see Crosby’s career for the remainder of the time he continues to lace up the skates.
Like Lindros, Crosby has now become a concussion threat, and quite frankly, he has no one to blame but himself.
Athletes say the yearning for competition drives them. It also drives them to throw themselves back into the fire after suffering a head injury.
When Scott Stevens … I mean David Steckel, knocked Crosby loopy, Crosby should have taken his time and got better. Instead, he came back too soon, got crunched by Victor Hedman and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, the best player in the game today may never be the same. The same as Lindros, who was never the same after getting steamrolled by Stevens.
There was always a risk of re- igniting his concussion syndrome after the tiniest of bumps. That is hard to deal with when you are a player the size of Lindros, and your game combines slick hands with a crash and bang mentality.
For other examples, look at Pat Lafontaine or Paul Kariya. Both are players whose career paths were altered by concussions.
Now, Sid will be forced to change his game, no more can he fly haphazardly into the corner and battle for the puck. He has to switch to a more cerebral game, one that does not rely on taking on all comers and instead focusing on filling gaps on the ice and watching out for the bigger, stronger bodies on the boards.
Food for thought for parents who complain about the new headshot rule and the requirement for mouth guards to be worn.
THE LITTLE VOICE INSIDE YOUR HEAD — For linesman Ben Mercer, keeping his eye on the play is the best way to tune out the Ascension Collegiate cheerleaders sitting directly behind him during action at the Wesley Gosse Memorial high school hockey tournament Nov. 26 at the Bay Arena.