If I could ask Kenny one question and only one this would be it. What is the vision for this team? Personally I don't see one, I see stop gap and over the hill signings but not a vision.
Right now this team doesn't have one. Yes, I've said before but even after 21 games I am still struggling to see the identity of this team.
Are they fast? No
skilled enough for puck-possession? lamo
hard to play against? no freaking way probably the softest team in the NHL
I believe every team needs an identity which - at least to me - goes hand in hand with a clear vision, right now I am not seeing it.
3. 180 turn in terms of size, grit and nastiness
For years now - since the last cup ! - Kenny has told the fans how the enforcer would be the PP and that's why other teams aren't going to take cheapshots or are afraid of playing their enforcers against the DetroitRedWings guess what....the Senators didn't even ice their "toughest" roster and they pushed around this team like nothing, Neil ran around like a monkey looking for his next banana (= player) in that case.
This team has had two! 5:3 PPs and none of them was even close to being dangerous. It's ok to have a smaller but highly skilled top line but if you do that, make up for it with a fourth line from hell. Smith shouldn't be the one having to fight Neil nor should it be Tootoo it should be someone like McGrattan!
4. A statement game
I know, I've posted this a few times now but really it is needed and fast. Don't kid yourself here other teams for sure have noticed how to play against this team and they also know that they aren't skilled enough anymore, so if Kenny doesn't react this week things will only get worse from here, Toronto, Boston and even the Canadiens are going to have some fun with this team.
Please stay away from guys like Gaborik, Tlusty, Ruutuu or whomever of that kind enough with this soft euro style this team needs a top 6 bottom 6 approach and at least 2 - 3 more retooling years.
McQuaid would be a nice addition, him + McGrattan + Tootoo would be a nice upgrade over our current fourth line.