That is one damning statement, but it's an accurate one by coach Dave Tippett after another shoddy loss by this team. And when players don't trust each other, that's big, big trouble. That's the one thing that has always been in Stars teams of the past. Trust. And a cohesiveness that would get them through their troubles. That's not there right now.
More from Tippett:
"You trust your teammates and make sure your part is taken care of. And when you have mistakes or you have situations in a game that go against you, you band together tighter. We’re not going to be a good team until we do that consistently. They have to trust in each other. When stuff happens, you help your partner out. We’re pretty much individual right now. Until we start playing like a team, it's going to be helter-skelter."
Said Brenden Morrow, "We've been saying all the right things, but talk is cheap. Until everyone looks in the mirror and stops pointing fingers at other people and say, ‘OK, we’ll find a way out of this hole,’ it’s going to keep snowballing and the playoffs will be out of reach. It’s a big hole and everyone needs to start pulling the same way. Right now, we don’t look like a very tight team. Everyone’s pulling in different directions."
Said Mike Ribeiro: "There’s no trust, no chemistry. That’s what happens when things don’t go well. There's no trust. People are trying to do other guys’ jobs instead of doing their own. It’s trust, and we need to get better at it."
Also alarming was this: how could this seemingly desperate team get off to another non-desperate start in a game? Here's what I got from a few guys:
Stephane Robidas: "There's no excuse for it. It comes down to work ethic, and it’s not there. Until we realize it, we’ll just keep going down in the standings. We played a young team that doesn't have many superstars, but they show up and work hard. We didn’t do that, and that’s what happens."
Morrow: "We haven’t gotten breaks, but we haven’t earned anything. Until we do, we’re going to keep puttering around in last place in our division. I don’t know. We've just got to keep plugging away."
This team is in trouble.