Open Letter to Dave " The Genius " Lewis
I remember that, at the beginning of the season, i saw your hiring as a positive for the team. The fact that you were behind the bench with Bowman made me believe that you can really help this young team to reach the next level... How deceiving you are !
It doesn't came to your mind, when you were hired, that the B's were a young team and that you will have to deal with the possibility to put on the ice players who will hurt the team by their rookies mistakes. It is something that pass far away from your mind? I knew something was wrong when you said " You don't bench veterans because they know how to correct their mistakes ". I have to admit that this line was really good for the papers but, honnestly, that's the dumbest line i ever heard from a coach and i follow hockey for 25+ years. How on earth can you esthablished the accountability by the fact that a player is a veteran. It's dumb and that's, for sure, a receipe for disaster. In the case that you didn't noticed, your team is far away from a playoffs spot and guess what: the players are not afraid of you because they know that you're soft and that nothing will happend; to busy you are to bark at the moon avoiding to put any kind of confrontations with players who deserve to be confront. You talk a lot but you showed nothing so far; nothing AT ALL.
This team is a mediocre one and some of the blame have to be put on your stubborness to play veterans ( that's a love affair, uh? ) who hurt the team. I won't show you the stats but you know exactly of who i'm talking about, don't you? You don't have a clue, really??? What about your " energy " line who have the bad habit to take bad penalties in order to " energise " the other team. For how long will you refuse to put on the ice players who are not deep in the minus in order to win? It is that bad that those players wants to use their creativity to score and spark the offense? Why are you so fast to bench rookies who, " in your opinion ", kill the team. When will you buy a pair of b**** and bench those unproductive veterans instead of calling them " Big Preem ". Are you kidding me, Lewis??? It's professionnal sports; not a " Barney " fans congress where people sing " i love you; you love me. We are an happy family..".
And what about your system??? Well, may i ask what kind of system we are talking about here? Because let's face it: every player on this team is deeply in the minus. More puzzeling is the fact that you successfully turned some of our best players into 4th liner or 7th defenseman. How can explain that guys like Chara or Stuart looked so bad? It is possible that your system simply don't work. With an abyssal 75 goals allowed and a -35 differential in the 3rd period; it is possible that you have no clue, at all, about the defensive game. I'm waiting; waiting to hear a stupid quote to justify those sorry results because that's exactly what it is; sorry results.
Oh and, wait, i almost forgot: what about your great evaluation of our young talents?. Your team is out of the playoffs. Maybe the timing is right to play some of our young talents to know if they are NHL product. Evaluating means that they have to play more then 4min/game or goal 1 game out of 10. If i looked at your record, Lashoff, Stuart, Jurcina and Toivonen are not good enough for you. You lose confidence in them... Wake up!!! They are rookies; what did you expect??? That they will play like Chris Pronger or Wayne Gretzky in their first year... And what about the fact that you're not smart enough to put them in a position to succeed? Do you remember when you put 5 rookies on the ice at the same time and wonder why they had troubles... Please call Bowman; i'm sure he will help you.
Yes, hiring you was a incredible mistake. You bench young players and kill their confidence; you play veterans who hurt the team and still refuse to adjust yourself from the OLD to the NEW NHL. Let me add this: you're an incredible failure. From top to bottom, you're a failure and guess what: your team is looking exactly as you. Can't wait for the day that i will be able to say: See you later, alligator !