Nature Is Not Human Hearted.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu.
It is from this one simple observation that Lao Tzu expresses the right path for the Senators.
The club, and its fans, find themselves enthralled by the flash and hope of trade deadline day, an environment able to seduce the weak-willed into delusions of grandeur, both in terms of their clubs prospects and the ability of certain players.
Rarely, in the cold light of day, do either come to fruition.
Yes we can all point to examples of deadline deals that seemingly put teams and players over the top, leading to the glory of a Stanley Cup victory…but we must always remember only one team won, while many made deals.
I suspect putting the weight of proof on any one action leading up to a Cup win is folly, the true root of success cloaked more in luck, circumstance and player health than any particular asset move.
Winning the cup, after all of the analysis of hind-sight, seemed an obvious outcome for the winning team. That’s what we humans like to do…find evidence of human ingenuity and greatness at the wheel of destiny.
If only it were that easy.
To my mind, there is only one team to admire and attempt to replicate, the Detroit Red Wings. They have had success, have been a highly competitive team for nearly a generation, but have always remained focused on doing the hard things while they’re still easy, like developing players through the draft, not the trade deadline or UFA market.
I believe Ottawa would be making a huge mistake attempting to make a splash on deadline day. Now is the time to see the advantage of doing things right, bolstering ones commitment to the plan.
Yeah, my view may be “boring”…but when creating frivolous excitement becomes more important than winning, you’ve probably just made a huge mistake.