Then there is the issue of his comments following a loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Again, he was up front and honest and nothing he said was over the top.
He made the odd comment of flat out saying him being there too many years might have something to do with the team’s poor play sometimes. The implication seems to be that he knows they’re tuning him out.
We have all wondered about such things. There was even talk of letting Hitchcock go during the team’s recent slide in late October due to just that thing, that perhaps the team had tuned him out.
For Hitchcock to publicly state it seems to be pushing the boundaries. He’s playing a dangerous game for a number of reasons.
He flat out said he wasn’t going to worry about what others think when he announced this would be his last season with the Blues. That’s fine if true, but do you really want to actually risk pushing the players away by singling them out in the media instead of confronting them in private?
On the other hand, there are many rumblings about him potentially going to another team. I don’t personally subscribe to that, but if he spent his entire last year here singling out players and saying whatever he wants to the media, would that not make him less trustworthy (despite his resume) for another team?