(Note: This will eventually be cross-posted over at The Chairman's, but you guys get it first.)
I really didn't think I'd have to do this so soon, but you'd think a "professional" wouldn't need lessons in logic and common sense...
Yes, it was two weeks ago, but my 'favorite' 'writer,' Lindsay Kramer over at the Syracuse Post Standard, has already started beating the drum about the Crunch being ignored by the Ducks. Jesus, really? On August 13th? I guess it's never too early to start poisoning a relationship, eh? For my money, the most short-sighted part of that article reads as follows:
Whether you want to give the Ducks the benefit of the doubt or not when it comes to assembling their first Crunch team is up to you...After a fast start to the off-season - Jaffray, Green, Syvret, Smith - the news on the free-agent front has been underwhelming...there's no way Anaheim starts the season without an experienced No. 3 netminder in the system. But, one of the truisms of the AHL is that it's not what the team looks like now that matters, it's who takes the ice in October. A complicating factor is that few of us really know how good their first- and second-year players are.
Let's examine this a little deeper:
"Whether you want to give the Ducks the benefit of the doubt or not when it comes to assembling their first Crunch team is up to you."
You're right, it is. And the fact of the matter is that there are more Crunch fans willing to do so than not.
"After a fast start to the off-season - Jaffray, Green, Syvret, Smith - the news on the free-agent front has been underwhelming...there's no way Anaheim starts the season without an experienced No. 3 netminder in the system."
Something to remember -- the Ducks already had a decent number of AHL-ready prospects, from what we've been told. If that's the case, then the need to make a splash in the free agency market isn't as dire. Further, the Ducks still have some issues to button up on their own roster (hi, Bobby Ryan!) There's only so much money and attention to go around. While we're at it, the buzz around the Ducks has been pretty strong in the Crunch fanbase. Just how many fans did the Crunch actually save this year by splitting with Columbus? Quite a few, actually. And finally, if there's "no way" the Ducks will start the season without another goalie on the payroll, why bring it up? Don't worry about it if it's such a sure thing.
"But, one of the truisms of the AHL is that it's not what the team looks like now that matters, it's who takes the ice in October."
Hey, something that makes sense! Way to go, champ! Obviously, championships aren't won in August. Right now, every team in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL, YMCA and E=MC2 has the same possible outcome for this coming season: they'll either win it all, or they won't. I don't believe for a second that The Bossman would put himself in the same position that he was put in with Columbus and their, uh..."braintrust"...running the helm. Furthermore, I don't think any rational Crunch fan would, either. So why bring it up?
"A complicating factor is that few of us really know how good their first and second-year players are."
A couple of things here. First, none of us know how good or bad the Young Ducks are going to be as a team. Why? BECAUSE THEY'VE YET TO PLAY TOGETHER. Placing any kind of expectations on this year's roster before, say, Thanksgiving, is downright moronic. Whether you expect them to kick ass out of the gate or fall out of contention before Lights on the Lake starts is only setting up the season for failure. Everyone, from the coaching staff to the last man on the bench, is coming into a new situation. Let them figure it out w ithout worrying about it in August. And yes, we always knew what to expect from Columbus every year: that for every 10 moves they made, 9 of them backfired. It's a fresh start for all involved...why bring that negativity into the mix when it's yet to be warranted?
Look, it's really quite simple. The first preseason game is still a month away. It's the first year for a new affiliate, with a new coaching staff, a new philosophy, and a roster of guys who have not yet played a game together as a team. Taking the "pity poor us" position does no one any favors, and effectively implies that you've already dismissed this season as a lost cause by already building in excuses for poor results. Instead, why not lay back, see what happens, and worry about what happens on the ice when it actually happens?
I promise, it's not like this team is going to go 0-80. Relax.
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