Is it too soon to ask some cold, hard questions about the makeup of the Winnipeg Jets — from top to bottom?
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s drive-you-around-the-bend loss to Philadelphia, I don’t think it is.
Neither did captain Andrew Ladd, although he was careful how he worded it.
You didn’t have to read far between the lines, though, to see what Ladd was getting at. It’s a tough job to call out your teammates, but eventually somebody’s gotta do it. Usually, it’s the captain.
A Ladd who’s obviously had enough called the 3-2 loss “the same old,” cited his team’s lack of desperation and killer instinct against a Flyers team ripe for the picking — and suggested everybody look in the mirror “and realize there’s more to give.”
Ladd used the word “urgency” instead of “effort,” but they look the same to me.
“You have to take that urgency to the next level,” he said, after the TV cameras had gone and the media contingent had dwindled to two."