At least rookie defenseman Joe Rogalski didn’t have to go through the pain and suffering the rest of the Condors did Wednesday morning during a bag skate that everyone knew was coming after a lack of effort in a dismal 3-2 loss to San Francisco on Tuesday night.
“We’re making room for future things, trying to create some flexibility,” Condors coach Matt O’Dette said of releasing Rogalski, who had zero points in seven games. “He’s not the solution but he’s not the problem, either.”
As Rogalski was heading out of the building, the rest of the players were heading to the ice for 90 minutes of excruciating “practice” that basically involved lots of skating and physical battles followed up by even more skating at the end, leaving players totally exhausted
To make a point.
“It sets the difference between giving an effort in a game or not,” O’Dette said. “Winning and losing. If you don’t give the effort in the game you’re certainly going to give it in practice the next day. It’s not tolerated, a lack of effort. It’s one thing to lose with an all out effort. It’s another thing to lose with no effort and no compete level. So we’re going to do it in practice instead.
“I’m going to get my game’s work of work ethic in. One way or another. It’s just a matter of setting that bar where it needs to be. Guys will figure out real quick if they don’t want to practice like that they’ll find ways to win games. Just cause they don’t want to do that again.”
And, when the players circled up for the final cool-down stretches after O’Dette mercifully brought an end to the torment, he tormented them further.
He informed the guys that the planned Thanksgiving Day off was now a day of practice.
“It’s going to be a long one,” he said. “We have a lot of things to go over.”