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07-22-2010, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post
No offense, but with an extremely poor defensive unit, an ownership in disarray, and a coaching faction that was fairly clueless, I really take most of what happened in Tampa and throw it out the window.

We'll take Meszaros and go from what we see in camp.

There are far too many factors involved in his past both in Tampa and in Ottawa to get an accurate reading on him.

All we know is that he can succeed spectacularly when put in a situation where he is helped. In Philadelphia, he will have tons of support, and he will be in a solid environment. I mean, getting support both on-ice and in the locker room from Pronger and Timonen will only help as well.
The only player who I could understand using the ownership as an excuse is Lecavalier and that's just because they tried to trade him weekly. It didn't seem to bother Stamkos, Downie, Ohlund, Lundin, etc. But we agree on the coach, Tocchet is the worst coach in franchise history which says a lot considering we've had Melrose, Ludzik etc.

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