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04-23-2011, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by FrozenRoyalty View Post
No. Not at all.

You can say it's an opinion all you like. However, given the context, anyone claiming that Murray was using not having Kopitar as an excuse would be lying through their teeth.
What an interesting choice of words you just made. In any event, since Kopitar was not in the question but was, in the manner he spoke it, in the answer, then we come to a narrow set of options. I am not sure why those that defend Murray here think that he is being attacked. He isn't. He is frustrated, probably very much so, and symbolically throwing his hands in the air and saying, "look, we are doing what we can without Kopitar". That is still an "excuse" but it's also normal and human nature. I just expect more from a coach whose primary role is to teach and motivate. That statement isn't consistent with either but everyone has that moment of tremendous frustration where they say things that may only be expressive of that state of mind within that moment.

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