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03-27-2010, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post
No, it's both... Where's the veteran leadership on our blueline for our young defensemen? Which players are responding well to Drury because he just had to label his teammates immature?
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You ask where the veteran leadership is on our blueline. My point is that there is no one. That's a personnel problem, not a leadership problem, You can't create leaders. They either are leaders or they are not leaders.

Which players are not responding well that should be playing better than they are, not what you hope they become? Keep in mind that you almost by definition have to confine yourself to the younger players because the older ones should no longer need it.

Anisimov, Dubinsky, Callahan, Staal, and Del Zotto have all matched or exceeded realistic expectations.

Drury has become a whipping boy because fans always need a whipping boy. He was always a supporting, clutch player. Here he is being asked to do more than he ever has done. Bring us Sakic and Forsberg in their prime and Drury would be just fine.

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