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10-18-2009, 04:01 PM
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Ziggy Stardust
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Gentlemen, let's take a deep breath, calm down and realize this is a marathon. The team is still trying to find its identity. Truth be told, they need to play ugly hockey. This is not a finesse team and the players need it to be hammered home that they aren't going to win bonus points making the pretty plays. When the team was winning and playing at its best, they were gritty, going to the hard areas and paying the price to get scoring chances. I think the timid play is a result of exhaustion/fatigue.

It is going to take maybe a month for them to hit their stride to be in game shape. Are they out of gas already? Quite possibly. But again, this is a marathon and there are lots of games left to play. Too soon to evaluate the value or impact of every player thus far. I don't think we've seen them play up to their full potential quite yet. We haven't seen the best from the team, not this early into the season.

Just remember not to be overly optimistic but also not to be pessimistic to the point of writing off the team before the first month of hockey. Lets be realistic and reasonable. The pressure is on this group to perform, some may buckle from it, some may step up. We'll see exactly where this team stands when we hit the mid-way point of the season. Then Lombardi has to evaluate what to do with this squad.

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