Shake things up. Fire the coach. Trade the captain. Make a move.
For the love of pucks, do something, anything.
That's been the cry of many over the past two-plus weeks as the Lightning have gone from the height of a 6-1 start to the depths of a 3-9-1 stretch entering Saturdays' game at Boston.
It's too bad that is the culture in the NHL, the moment there is the slightest hint of adversity somebody has to be responsible and blamed for the problem. Warranted or not, the coach has to go or players have to be moved off the roster and a shakeup has to happen.
It happens every year all around the league, the first rough stretch a team goes through, somebody has to take the fall. It never fails. Except it's a cycle of failure.
Sure, there are times where a move has to be made because it's warranted. If the players are no longer responding to the message from the coaching staff, something has to be done. If a player is dragging down the locker room, then you have to move him out. If, after exhausting other options to turn fortunes around, nothing is changing, it's time to make a change.
Yes, Thursday's poor effort in New York is unacceptable, but to make a change just to make a change, or to shake up the coaching situation is a knee-jerk reaction often done out of emotion rather than rational thought. And if there is something Lightning general manage Steve Yzerman has shown during his time with Tampa Bay is that he is patient, thinks the situation through and when it's time to act he is decisive.
Just don't expect it to be done haphazardly.
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