Who's this guy?
So was he any good?
What'd we like?
Well, definitely not this...it seemed to be a harbinger of the season to come, now that I think about it.
And certainly not this, though, even though folks that didn't understand it when Torts got into some trouble with the league for saying "we teach that hit". He meant that there were mitigating circumstances, and WTF is Hertl's head doing there at that instant anyhow, but this hit did seem to take some steam out of an early season that looked pretty OK for the big Swede.
Ahhh. yes, happier times...
This one too, it seemed like, with that kind of luck !
Neat, so we hate something too, right ?
Of course we do. Alexander Edler has to take responsibility for his bad season as well. Making note of the reasons why, the environment and expectations the coach put upon the game of the man does not excuse the results. He simply did not give the team the results they have come to expect from him. While I can understand doing what is asked of you, and not getting it, and your performance suffering, in the end, it is HIS performance, in a perform or die game.
So what now?
Well, it depends. Some would have him as the first man out the door to "rebuild" the team. Others note that there is no way he would waive anyhow, and why would you trade him when his value is so low after such a lousy season. The thing is, any GM worth his salt is going to look at more than just last year, and, like I mentioned, when you look at that ExtraSkater link, a lot of the underlying things in his game did not really change a huge amount, just the results.
I am willing to lean the "Torts screwed him up" way, and put him in the Top 4, with a new coach, and an attitude that will be the top underlying motivation for this team, regardless of leaders chosen. "We are better than this". Like Bieksa said at the end of the season, maybe folks don't believe that anymore, but we do, and we will have to prove it in the coming season". Now, that is paraphrased a bit, but that is what he said, what the Sedins said, and what most of the guys that want to be here have said.
How it pertains to Edler and his attitude is not something I can say definitively. Only he can say that. But I would be surprised if he goes flying down the rabbit hole two seasons in a row. Don't expect quiet for not driven. I can see Edler doing very, very well with a coach like, say ( my choice at the moment, subject to rosterbatory change, of course ) Barry Trotz.
Onward and upward Alexander !