Admirals Bow Out Early with absentee GM and lackluster performanceby Wendal Spark | May 29, 2014, 3:57 PM ET
The Amsterdam Admirals season has ended. The blame can be shared going around the room, including the GM, who made very minor moves during the regular season and did absolutely nothing during the deadline.
Rumor has it they were out for a second line center, but turned their heads at the prices. Steven Stamkos surely would have been helpful, but Bobby Ryan and Jack Johnson both contibuted as expected. The depth was there, but the need for a game breaker could have been the difference.
One player with very high expectations this season was Jimmy Howard, who seemed to come up short. He was adequate, but the team was really counting on him to be one of the best. Howard was not available for comment after the 5-3 season ending loss to the Shamrocks.
Ron Francis said, "He's been questioning himself all season, he has the talent to be one of the best in the league, but he's gotta get over the hump. We thought this might have been his year, but Jimmy has acknowledged that he has been disappointed with his own performance. Jhonas Enroth has been very supportive, but I think some of Jimmy's regular season struggles ultimately carried over into the playoffs. Ultimately, the whole team expected more from themselves, and we didn't get it done. My job is to get the best out of the players, which I did get at times, but consistancy is a struggle for us as a team. We hope to improve that going into next season. "
End of the season thoughts: The Admirals will move forward with their younger defensive core and may let veteran leader and Captain, Kimmo Timonen, walk. Rumor has it that Patrice Bergeron or Patrick Sharp may take the C next season, but nothing is concrete yet. The defensive core is fairly solid, but there may be moves to upgrade on the forward front.
GMKL has a lot of things to ponder this off-season, but knowing his track record, anything is possible. Stay tuned, Admiral fans, the winds seem to be setting the ship on a new course.