Trade Deadline Talk III
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03-01-2011, 09:50 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC
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It's only human nature. I can understand it too.
You are part of a team that has a serious chance at a good playoff run. You can't help but look ahead and be part of it.
Esp. if you watched last year as guys like Carter, Leighton, Boucher and Gagne got hurt and had to miss good parts of the end of the season or the playoffs.
In the back of your mind you're thinking, it's only Ottawa, why should I kill myself when we can coast to victory. Once Hartnell scored, they all thought "well, that's it, the Sens will fold" except they didn't.
I used to do it in my men's league. Show up for a game not feeling well, tired from work, and just try to get a good skate in, go through the motions a bit. Don't tweak your knee and save yourself for the playoffs next week.
Not that it's an excuse, and it's not like the players aren't having these conversations themselves or hearing it from the coaches, but
it's hard to fake urgency when there really isn't any.
I think they'll wake up now and really push.
The next five games will tell. We get the Leafs twice, Sabres and Rangers and Oilers. Four games against teams fighting for their playoff lives. Let's see how it goes, then panic if necessary...
But why does there need to be urgency to play a tight, good-position, offensively aggressive game? These guys are professionals, right? They are professional athletes as well as entertainers (in a generalized sense) playing a sport that they have been living and breathing for about a decade or more each. It's like we wouldn't be surprised if Carter, carrying the puck on a 2-on-1, says to himself, "This is a nothing game. We've got a good lead in the standings. I'll just dump this into the corner and head off the ice."
They don't have to be tossing themselves headfirst in front of point shots -- which Laperriere did
, I'd like to point out -- but is sticking with their D-zone assignment, moving the puck smartly, and putting hard, accurate shots on net too much to ask?
Boston played the Senators tonight. They took a 1-0 lead ... and won 1-0. Imagine that. They played smart, aggressive defense, kept the Senators outside for a good deal of the game, even in the third period, and Rask made tough saves when the Senators actually got the puck through.
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