To those who keep on posting that fans don't deserve anything or fans are not entitled to anything, look ... when pro athletes win the championship, who are the first people that they thank or dedicate the trophy to? I have heard so many pro athletes speak of the fans and how they play for them. On the other side of the coin, from the pro athlete side, they seem to know the value of loyal fans, they appreciate the fans.
Here is what fans are entitled to ... an honest effort every night that the players go out on the ice. You can reduce it to something as simple as that. Do they deserve a championship every year ... of course not, only one team wins that but fans who buy tickets, buy their merchandise, watch them on TV (and indirectly contribute to the mega TV deals to NHL) deserve a good effort every night. Believe me, I'm reasonable. If they put in an honest effort and lose, I'd understand.
So the reason why this post was started was because it was obvious that over the last month, the team has not given their best effort every night ... not even close. And if we are dangerously close to falling out of a playoff spot. That is unacceptable given where they were at the beginning of March. The team needs to be held accountable ... not by some silly thread on a forum board but they need to know that they are not putting in an honest day's work and they need to work harder.
So please stop with your 'fans don't deserve anything' high and mighty reprimands. Save it for when you go out to dinner, pay good money, and get crap on a plate. See if that mantra works in the real world.
I'd be willing to bet that when an athlete thanks fans, it's usually to shut them up. I'm willing to concede that I could be wrong, but I don't think I am, and I would make that bet. If you want to keep a running tab on who is giving their 110%, Coach, go ahead. The chances of your list matching up with another person's list is...well...that math sucks because there are quite a few combinations, but it is a finite number. So, please stop with your high and mighty demands to be the only reason a team succeeds.
I'm tired of hearing about what fans do and do not deserve. Either you are a fan, and you accept what you get, or you are not, and you ***** and moan that the team isn't holding up their end of the bargain. This isn't to say that a fan can't throw out his opinions, as well as his wishes and wants, but the word "deserve" is too much. Anyone that thinks they are entitled to more than they get, should trade in their Wings memorabilia for some Coyotes stuff...they're always looking for more fans.
So with the poor play in all phases of play and losing games all the time is it evident that this team is a first round ouster regardless of who they play b/c they don't match up well with any of the Eastern playoff teams with the exception of Ottawa but that's still no gimme of a series but they aren't getting the top seed so no chance to play Sens.
This team has issues on both ends and that fact that they have 5 20+ goal scorers is just a moot point as this team is no offensive juggernaut by a long shot. This offseason they must decide if they want to revert to being Cup contenders once again and make the necessary changes as this team is a far cry from 2008 or even the 2009 team for that matter.
I almost passed out reading that first part. The sky is not falling, people. The clouds are definitely hanging low, but it's temporary. I'm aware of the irony of responding in this thread, but the point of the original post is completely ridiculous. The Wings, as well as any other team, could have a specf***ingtacular year, then tank in the first round. Consequently, I seem to recall the term "Dark Horse", where an unlikely contender makes a strong run in the playoffs. Two or three weeks of uncharacteristically crappy games hardly predicts a short visit to the playoffs. The only thing that will determine our ouster in the first round is if the other team wins four games before we do.