Thread: Larry Brooks: Slats Stays The Course
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03-04-2010, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
But dont you want a team that you feel more confident with heading into a playoff run and into the playoffs if we get there? Because lets face it, deep down, you KNOW whats going to happen because we just arent a good team.
Yes, I think we all want that. But that isn't the reality of our situation. It's so hard to know how things will play out from one year to the next.

Look at 2005-06. Everyone predicted us to be bad, but we were one of the best teams in the conference until after the olympic break. Hank got a groin injury and was suffering from migraines, and suddenly we lost a bunch of games in a row at the end to fall from 3rd place to 6th on the last day. Suddenly, no one had confidence in this team and we got swept by the devils.

Then in 2006-07, we went on a tear after the deadline and finished again as the 6th seed. But our hopes for the playoffs were much, much greater. Did anyone really believe that we couldn't beat Buffalo? We came within 7 seconds of taking a 3-2 lead in the series that likely would have lead to an upset and a spot in the conference finals.

After the strong start to this season, we've been pretty much down on this team ever since. But they have been playing better of late. The new acquisitions are contributing and we are even finding ways to score when Gabby isn't in the lineup.

Who knows, maybe things are starting to click for this team. Maybe by the end of the season, we'll be playing so well that we'll believe that we do have a chance against Washington and Pittsburgh.

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