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05-13-2011, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by HankyFourFingers View Post
but the team is quashing any optimism because they don't want even a semblance of hope creeping into the heads of the players. Keep them focused on winning with the players that are on the ice.
This I agree with. It would play against the Canucks interests to in any way suggest he's able to come back.

It was the same story with Crosby. They basically said they didn't expect him to come back for the season. We now know he did try to come back for the 2nd round but suffered a setback. If they'd have broadcast that he was going to return, but then didn't, it would have been very bad for morale.

Better to downplay chances of his return; if he does return, the only people who might be in a snit is the sportswriters who passed on the team's official line without question.

And frankly, I'm getting a little tired of talking about it myself. Better to focus on how the team will play without him, as they're going to face what is likely their greatest test in the playoffs shortly.

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