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11-19-2008, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by le_sean View Post
Since when is speed suddenly the answer to winning the Stanley Cup? Holmstrom, Franzen, Samuelsson, and Lilja are not fast players.

I'm not saying it doesn't work on some teams. It was a balance back in the 70s. They had Scotty Bowman who is one of the toughest coaches of all time, then you have Gainey who had a different approach. Now we have Saku, God bless him, he's that quiet leader, but he's countered with Carbo who seems like he doesn't even talk to the players or make anyone other than 4th liners and 2nd year defencemen responsible for their actions.

So if you put a guy like Shanahan on the team, he will make everyone accountable. He'll speak up, play hard on the ice and hopefully balls will magically start growing on our players.
I'm not sure that Shanny is that vocal. Plus, players that have become spare parts seldom lead. Pinch hitters in baseball seldom get names as team leaders.

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