Epic name- RealOne60FPS
I agree with all this so.....Getting real for a second here, the pussification of the 'hawks predates JC's arrival.
2016: Kane gets run, Panarin comes to his aid, Panarin never does it again.
2018: Malkin runs Crawford. No retaliation whatsoever. No one taking potshots at him or Crosby, no running of their goalie. Not a single player who wasn't contributing that year (Read: every skater not named Kempny or Kane--and even they are debatable) decides to stand up for the guy holding them at the playoff line.
Early 2019 (I believe--timeframe is hazy, possibly right before Q's fired or right after JC's brought on): Keith gets ran. Debrincat, of all people, steps up. Didn't see that from him again all year.
2019: Evander Kane runs Crawford and puts him out for the 2nd time in as many seasons--again, no retaliation whatsoever. No one who wasn't contributing did anything--and none of the players that were even attempted to get even on the scoresheet.
The fact of the matter remains that the pack mentality and snarl has been gone from the 'hawks for a good long while. It might not be JC driving it even though he could reverse it. Just speculation on my part, but I think it's Bowman the Beancounter driving the pussification of the 'hawks.
That being said, while I'm okay with JXC being gone and would advocate it, I don't think anyone coach changes that until they get rid of their resident Legume Reckoner.
Having Ben Eagers on the team did more for the top guys then having a bunch of euros who are good skaters. I couldn't agree more with that.
Stan wants the Hawks to be his created version of Disney on ice. It doesn't work. Never has.
Didn't the Oilers try this when they were winning first overall picks? Then Chia came in and brought in too many plugs?
A couple guys on the roster who can keep a team honest don't hurt. Seabrook was one of those guys. People besides Dion didn't want to fight him. Burish,Eager, guys who could play a shift and we're loose cannons if idiots started running players.
Kampf got pie faced a couple games ago and did nothing. I lost all respect for him for not dropping the gloves.