As for the demoralizing effect of poor roster management and unfair treatment of players - do you have anything to prove that is happening? I'm asking to see if you've read/heard/seen something I have not that would indicate Brendan Morrison's presence on the team and ice time is causing a problem in the locker room, not to pick nits with your statement.
We have a problem in the locker room, as stated by Bob Murray and Randy Carlyle, the two spokesmen for this organization. I hope we all agree they were referring to hockey people problems, and not something like a facility problem with mold or another issue like communicable illness or the like.
Since we have an honorable organization, and there is enough personal respect to not make negative public statements about each other, there are no quotes to document it. However, reading and seeing and hearing about this Ducks season provides enough information to reach a reasonable conclusion.
Therefore, logic and process of elimination tell me that:
1. We start with the statements of both the coach and the GM that the locker room is a suspected source of the Ducks problems. There are several articles with these quotes as faithfully documented by DTP in his Media Roundup thread, and farmed out to the proper threads.( I would like to take this opportunity to again thank DTP for his wise and tireless labor of love here on this sight. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his love of the Ducks and of hockey and sharing it with us in such a time-consuming and thorough way.
2. Brendan Morrison, nor anyone else on this team, is a Sean Avery type.
3. And much to the contrary, we are blessed with a group that are pretty much exemplary professional athletes, and have good veteran leadership in word and deed with the likes of Teemu Selanne, Scott & Rob Niedermayer, JS Giguere, Chris Pronger, Todd Marchant, etc., and some very sharp young guys like Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Drew Miller, etc.
4. This narrows down the acknowledged locker room problem to ice hockey issues. Particularly, team performance and management issues, such as who comes and goes in the room.
5. Since the core of this team (roster & coaches) is virtually the same as the team that won the Stanley Cup just a season and a half ago in a convincing, season-long fashion, and now is struggling to even make the playoffs, the problem is further focused to the issue of under-performance. (Anyone that has read this far but does not believe that this team is under-performing, exit right and please catch your return flight to planet Head-in-the-Sand
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6. There are two components to performance: Individual and Team. The former is obviously the responsibility of the players, but the latter is the responsibility of management.
7. This further focuses the issue towards under-performing players and under-performing suits, since we are talking about an admitted problem.
8. With regards to players, Brendan Morrison sticks out like a sore thumb with regards to performance. He himself admits publicly that his performance is so substandard that he is embarrassed by it. No other player can be identified with under-performance in the Ducks locker room to the degree that B-Mo can.
9. In total denial of this (the greatest of under-performing players), the head coach is not only awarding him more even-strength minutes and continually putting him in the top lines more than at least three other more-deserved players, while the GM is demoting other players that have more earned the right to have a roster spot than he, while at the same time putting the team in a tenuous cap predicament by wasting precious cap space with his contract when it could easily and instantly be resolved.
10. Given that there is a problem in the locker room as documented by the management of the Ducks, Brendan Morrison is logically the primary player at the root of that problem. He is not necessarily the sole cause, but he is the leading candidate and the player who least earns the benefit of the doubt. He is a problem by process of elimination.