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10-09-2008, 07:02 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Many, especially young players or teams, have a tendancy to slump after a good year. Last year our Canadiens exceeded expectations. They exceeded expectation the way Buffalo did two years ago, the way Edmonton and Calgary did during their trips to the finals. What these teams found out that while it's difficult to get to the top, it's even more difficult to stay on top.
Each step on the improvement ladder is demands more effort and more sacrifice from each player. Everybody has to consistantly buy into the team first concept and be prepared sacrifice thier own goals to that of the team.
Sometimes it appears players or teams are satisfied with improvement or with a division championship. They are not willing to pay the price to keep up the effort required to be the best.
I sure hope Gainey and co are factoring this into this coming year.
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