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02-17-2011, 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by kingscup View Post
This is his game, and he needs to get back to it, if it means reducing his responsibilities by taking the C from him then do it. As others have said he just needs to know "his" game, play it and not try to play above it.
The disturbing thing for the future is that Lombardi brought in some serious, legit bridge builders in Smyth, Handzus and Williams. Those three play the game the right way, every stinking shift. They were supposed to be role models - bridges for the young core to learn from and emulate as they mature.

Instead, the two forwards who chiefly needed this help, Brown and Kopitar, go through long periods of sluggish, apathetic play. When the team struggles, it isn't the vets that stop performing - this team lives and dies with Kopitar, Brown, Doughty, Johnson and Quick.

Imagine how bad this mess could look when those three forwards are gone, and there are no other "leaders" up front. AND, I might add, it could happen as early as this summer, if the Smyth-wants-back-to-Edmonton-for-a-glory-lap-before-retirement rumors are true.

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