I know that many feel have strong feelings for Ferras - especially my own PM stalker "rapidrushchamps10". Trust me when I tell you that I am honored to have my own PM stalker!
You can agree with all, some or none of what I am going to express about the Coach - most of what follows is strictly my opinion along with some other forum regulars that have stated things along the same lines throughout the season.
Let me start with the off-season. A 'Dream Team" was assembled here in RC to bring the cup home - with the exception of one Joe Grimaldi. I think for the most part we accepted him as fans - but, I also think the majority of us said "What the *****.! I can also say that many of our returning players said the exact same thing. My big question is Why? What exactly was he going to bring to this team? The one that really chaps my @$$ is look at the "D" men that were available this past off-season. Well, needless to say - Coach got what he wanted and the Rush paid for it. IMO - an epic failure of decision making by the Coach.
Camp comes and goes and the decision is made to trade one Jarred Mohr - a solid "D" man that has not missed a game the past 2-years. Jarred ended the regular season with 6G/32A/+22. Must add that he threw in a couple assists tonight. Not sure what the Coach was thinking on this one as he was traded for future considerations. We all know what that means - we may have gotten anything from gas to some meal vouchers. No, not many people knew what he brought to the ice - but, those that did - cringed on this one. We lost one helluva player with some experience to boot. Trust me - he would have been a great asset on what we called a defense this season. Not the biggest blunder of the year - yet, noteworthy for the sake of this post.
As the regular season started - the injury bug hit. We all know that there was absolutely nothing we could do about it. At times it was worse than others. While many credit the coach for playing through this - I give the credit to the team for giving it everything they had and always keeping us in the game. Especially Tim and Danny who routinely stood on there heads for much, if not the entire season.
During these times - I observed a few different things. We had a rookie that was completely out of control! His actions on several occasions left an already gassed team with a short bench in "no win" situations. Why was a rookie given this leeway? He was out-of-control and instead of handling the problem immediately - Coach allowed this BS to continue. Not sure who finally reeled him in - the players as mentors or the Coach? Very debatable, but I put my money on the players.
On to the "Hudson" situation. What exactly happened? Many folks have heard things that all seem to be logical - many of them the same. What we do know is that according to the Rush - he just up and left and nobody knew anything about it. Do you as hockey fans honestly believe that? Hudson worked a deal without any member of the Rush Organization - to include the players and just left shop. When I heard that I laughed my @$$ off. It is no hidden secret that the Coach uses a bit of intimidation, embarrassment and job security to keep his players motivated. How many times since you have been a Rush fan have you heard Daniel mention a couple these tactics during the broadcast? I have heard them more than I can count over the years. Again, only my opinion - but I think his threats take a toll on people and Hudson was having none of it. Great move on his part to get himself in a better place.
Now, I get to our annual "stock show" road trip. Jan 31, to be precise - we played the Dayton Gems. We were down 3-0 in the 3rd. An Official's time-out was called. I can remember plain as day watching the Coach do absolutely nothing but stand there like he was too damn good to talk to his own team. Wasting no time at all Wray was talking to the boys and Riley had the whiteboard in his hands. Needless to say we scored 3-unanswered goals to even things up. Eventually, we took the game in a shoot-out. This game can best be remembered for the Larry Sterling misconduct penalty/melt-down. This is where I really started to wonder who exactly is running this team.
The final for this post is Vaski. I am just going to be honest and say this was by far the most arrogant and ignorant move I have seen in the organizations short history - and will continue to be! WTF was he thinking? The Coach let Mike rot roughly 2-months before he waived him. I agree that he possibly had some turnover issues - but, who the hell didn't? Do I think he was a distraction? No - I think he is a young, highly-skilled player that was left on junk shifts. Was he upset? Of course he was - and I am quite sure as time went on - he became quite unhappy about what was happening to him which I am sure had a small affect on his fellow players. The official transaction states March 13 - At this point we had 8-games left and were in the playoff hunt. Now, I know I was awe over the stupidity over this move and quite a few others spoke-up on there thoughts as well. 8 games left to let him rot a bit more and healthy scratch him during the playoffs if you want to destroy the kid more than he already was and trade him in the off-season. No - let's just flat-out waive him! Did not take long for Fort Wayne to say "He may not fit in your system - but, he sure as he!! will fit in ours." The rest is history! Vaski went to a team that knew his talent and has continued to use his talent. Although in a losing effort in Game #1 of the Conference-Finals this evening, Mike put another one home tonight. Can somebody out there give me some type of reason where I could actually look at this move as anything but arrogance and ignorance by the Coach? "Mike just did not fit in our system!" - if that was the true case, why not trade him or did it take him the entire season, minus the eight games to figure that out!? EDIT #1 - I AM WRONG IN STATING THAT COACH FERRAS IS ARROGANT AND IGNORANT. WELL, MAYBE A LITTLE ARROGANT WHICH IS A PLUS IN MY BOOK - BUT NOT IGNORANT.
I sure as he!! hope that the owners are holding him accountable for his failures as the coach!
I have much more to say/add and I am sure it will come out through discussions on this wonderful forum.
As I have said many times before - let the arrows fly and throw them rocks!
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