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09-29-2003, 11:45 AM
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The way I see it Gainey's comments are designed to accomplish three things:

1) Give Brisebois some room to breath (the most obvious). Who knows maybe Patrice will actually respond to this support.
2) Move some of the pressure from the team to himself. The media and some fans are already braying about the teams pre-season performance.
3) Get the players to compete like a team by circling the wagons. He almost seems to be saying "it's us against them" (media & certain fans).

The whole things seems positively "Bowmanesque".

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