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10-09-2009, 09:29 PM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Zine View Post

Canada’s biggest strength has been coaching…..even in ‘off talent’ years they are a well oiled machine. They’re not good enough to beat a well coached Russia on a consistent basis though.

Seriously, if a Nemchinov coached team can take Canada to a shoot-out there’s no reason that same team led by a Vorobiev, Ishmatov or even Popeikin (past coaches) wouldn’t have won. But now with more crap like Plyushev there's little chance.

FHR is crazy.
Don't forget that Russia is also disadvantaged by the fact that they always have the most U20 players who can't play in the WJC because they have made it to the big leagues. Just think if Russia had all their best players every year how good they would be.

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