I don't know, I'm not trying to criticize how you spend your money by any means. I'm just curious as to why all this would affect you to this level.
Not renewing my season seats will not prevent me from going to games or supporting the team, but it is the strongest message I can send to Bob Murray: I expect more of an effort on your part to communicate for the purpose of letting me know what I'm investing in. I will no longer blindly give my money months in advance. Your mentor, Brian Burke, taught me that. He made it perfectly clear in his time here that the strongest voice of the fanbase that he listens to is the SSH's, and that he feels a responsibility to them. If they are going to trust him with their money, he needs to let them know what he plans on doing with it... not after the fact.
SSH's are investors, because they give their money up front. They give up their ability to put out money based on how good the team is or how entertaining the team is at the time the games are played.
I have decided that I have had enough of Muck-a-Puck hockey to the degree that Randy Carlyle has taken it. I am not going to put out the kind of money I have been to witness the Ducks players being put at a disadvantage every game, even before the game starts. The frustration level of Ducks hockey has grown into one big "bang your head against the wall" event for players and fans alike. It's palpable in the arena, it's palpable here in the GDT's. This team is under-achieving, and it's not acceptable... period. I will not invest money in a hold-the-fort approach. I will hold on to it and spend it on games where I know there will be some fun, entertaining hockey being played at the Ponda. I can watch the Ducks on TV, where I can turn it off or walk away from it without blowing off the money and time I have invested by going to the arena when the frustration level dictates it.
I enjoy the improvements in the entertainment level of the game the NHL has made. Skating and passing and shooting are much more entertaining than the old clutching and grabbing and slowing the game down, or the new version of it that Randy Carlyle has his team playing. He either needs to evolve with the league and make adjustments to his approach, or go to some other city and put his penalty box-dwelling, swimming-upstream product on the ice. I am not going to pay for that garbage.
Should we be very concerned about our impending free agents not named Scott?
I pretty much agree straight across the board with who you'd bring back.
However, I would be making a pitch to Sammi at a reasonable term to try and maintain him as an asset for a future trade for help on defense, as well as shopping him here at the TDL, if possible (his illness is taking all the wind out of those sails, I'm afraid).
I would prioritize Scotty along the lines of making $7.45mil available for him (Lidstrom scale), but if Robby is part of his package then anything over 700k that Robbie requires would come out of that budget of Scott's. In other words, if Robbie wants 1.5mil, then Scotty gets 6.65mil.
So I would hope Murray is aggressively pursuing a commitment from Scotty, as well as trying to get a signature from Beauch and Sammi and Monty right now. The end of the season is coming sooner than later for the Ducks, so there is no time to waste.