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03-20-2009, 12:56 AM
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In many cases the so-called sophomore slump is a result of the league getting to know players. People watch film and figure out how best to defend against or attack a player.

This is evident in Vancouver where Edler, after a spectacular first year, has struggled, at times, this year. Teams put him in situations where he less effective and attack his weaknesses.

Good players overcome these problems and get stronger as they learn to adjust. However, this adjustment might take awhile. I think you can say this about several of the Habs - especially Price.

Teams know the holes in Price's game- some of which are pretty obvious - and Price now has to work hard to improve.

I think teams are now starting to get a book on Mason in Columbus and you will probably see him have a tougher time next year. Becoming something more than a one or two year wonder is tough in the NHL - especially for goalies.

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