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08-18-2008, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
While I may not think this team is doomed, I still believe that people underestimate the importance of Jagr in those years and how he enabled others to be successful by taking those quaity minutes and by being the center of other teams' attention.
I'd argue that no one else really was "successful", because with a very few exceptions, the team's fortunes always lived and died with Jagr's ability to generate most of the offense. It was strategy that every coach in the league was wise to, and last year, had very little trouble countering. It's difficult for me to believe that it would more successful this year than last without making improvements to the team that can't happen if you're paying Jagr too.

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