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So...you still wanna fire Homer?
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05-26-2010, 10:47 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
I agree the way the goaltending situation worked out was pure blind luck. No one could have predicted Leighton, or Emery for that matter, or Boucher getting hot right when it mattered against NJ. Homer gambled that goaltending was a crapshoot, held onto our other assets (JVR and Giroux) and the gamble paid off big time. Could have well ended with the team missing the playoffs or getting destroyed by Kovalchuk.
IMO the best thing that Homer did for us this season (lucky pickups aside) was to fire Stevens and hire Laviolette. Lavi has been more important to the success of the team than any individual player, and firing Stevens was not a given. I thought for sure that Homer would give him more time out of organizational loyalty. Lavi turned this team around from a disorganized underperforming mess into the cohesive group we see today. He has improved our team defense, has the boys skating harder, and has been masterful at analyzing, picking apart, and adjusting to other teams style.
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