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07-06-2008, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by jas View Post
The truth is, the players believe they can challenge for the Cup, Naslund said he felt this give him the best opportunity to win a Cup, as did Mara. So, the fans perception of this team is not the same as the players perception. So, yes, more so than any other year, this year's success is more on Renney's shoulders than ever. Personally, I have faith in him and the staff. As noted elsewhere, Renney and the staff are becoming part of the reason players want to play here. Redden specifically mentioned that as part of the reason he chose NY when he had similar offers on the table. And, that his team repesentatives did there research around the league regarding the coaching staff.
At this point, for all Renney's flaws, the stability of having a staff that has been the same for 3 years or so is a huge benefit and worth the downsides. All that will change if they don't find a way to gel this team and the team flops entirely.

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