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10-07-2003, 09:03 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Republic of Alberta
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Valid point, but don't you ever wonder if the Cup run had as much, if not more, to do with what Nolan left behind than what Ruff brought?
Compare the last Nolan team with the Stanley Cup team. Not the Nolan team that had a healthy Lafontaine, Hasek and Peca on it yet still missed the playoffs, but the one in his second year.
In Nolan's Doghouse, but not Ruff's
Established under Nolan (or before), no change thereafter
Improved under Ruff
Became regular under Ruff
Only played under Ruff
Played well under Nolan, not under Ruff
Shannon (this was age)
Preferred to play under Ruff:
If Ruff didn't come around and get McKee, Brown, Varada and Satan playing important roles, we don't make it to the ECFs, let alone the Cup. Nolan left NOTHING behind. You hear how Ruff has depended on Hasek, try Nolan on for size:
Ruff with Hasek: 115-76-37 .586
Nolan with Hasek: 59-50-16 .536
Ruff, no Hasek: 101-120-34-9 .464
Nolan, no Hasek: 14-22-3-0 .397
Ruff is a superior coach to Nolan.
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