Guy Boucher has seen enough.
He can no longer be quiet.
Given that his options are limited, Ottawa Senators coach sent a message to the players that practiced at the Canadian Tire Center on Sunday afterwards changing all the direct-line combinations and then exercising exercises focused on being physically involved .
With the senators joined in a four-game defeat and prepared to close 2018 on the road against Blue Columbus jackets on Monday night, Boucher broke the high line of Mark Stone, Colin White, and Brady Tkachuk .
In addition to Chris Tierney landing in the middle between Tkachuk and Stone and White alongside Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan, the most notable change was the use of the extreme Ryan Dzingel on the fourth line with Tom Pyatt and Nick Paul.
At the end of the 3-2 defeat in the Washington Capitals, the senators still lack four regulars, including goalkeeper Craig Anderson, but that is no excuse.
"I want more than you have seen in the second and third periods, and that's more than driving," Boucher said Sunday, in front of the senators' charter flight to Colón. "We are too many perimeters.
"We just had many guys trying to enable them and (use) the perimeter and look for the space when there is no space out there. Most of the game, you have to charge through the game. I love it The white line is incredible, but we can not be a team of a line and this has been lately. "
Boucher said he had to try something new by breaking the White Trio so that Senators did not win and success was always part of the reconstruction plan.
"Those three guys (White, Stone and Tkachuk) have worked hard and they are great, but we have to have a team," added Boucher. "It's not that I wanted to divide the line, but I have to disseminate my hard work items along the list."
Of course, there is risk, but Boucher is paid because these decisions and the senators are 3-8-1 in their last 12 National Hockey League matches. A streak of five-game defeats by the end of 2018 would only increase the growing frustration, and some of these guys are clearly inferior.
Dzingel, who can become a free agent without restrictions if he does not sign again before July 1, has not met the expectations. He has three goals and three assists in 13 games in December, and that will not stop him. When Boucher talks about the boys who need to pay the price, Dzingel is one of them.
Players will not like some of the decisions taken by Boucher and his assistants, but it's time to take the boat back to the Senators.
"There is the danger of leaving home and falling to the floor on the stairs," Boucher said with a laugh. "If I always stopped at risk, I could also be sitting on the couch. It's always about making a decision to advance.
"One of the things I know is that I can always go back and go back to the line (White, Stone, Tkachuk), but all I know, if this is the only line that has the identity I want, then we are No I will win many games. Right now, we have to spread, hopefully, we will have a work identity. We are going to a barn hard to play because (Colón) is a very hard-working team.
"We are not going to raffle anyone. We do not have this. At the moment we do not work more than the opponent, we do not come across. If we look at the last two games, we had the best of New York Islanders (Friday ) because we made them out of the first two periods.
"We were the best team in the second and third (against Washington), but there was a period in which we did not leave the rival. We have to find combinations that will give us 60 minutes of work, paying the price, being the first to the disco, taking checks to make matches, blocking shots, projecting, dumping and fighting the net. This is how you get an identity. "
It would be wrong for Boucher not to try a new look.
"The biggest risk is not doing anything and nothing happens and that is the worst part of life for me. Nothing," Boucher said. "For me, shake, find, try, adjust, reset and adjust again and that's how you find out your best combinations."