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06-30-2011, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ForeverAlone View Post
Yeah, and? Did that team achieve anything besides that?

That team was clearly not united and you could see a clear lack of leadership in it.

Edit: Surprised to notice that a lot of people still can't get the purpose of not signing Koivu after 2 years. Sad.
What has the team achieved since? got 1 round further 1 year and an early exit the next.

The team had bigger problems than Koivu not "uniting" the locker room, the team was missing NHL players, we had plugs and fillers to boot but no half-decent talent for years. We had/have the media scouring and nitpicking over every detail of the players lives on and off the ice, lack of NHL quality coaches, etc..

If Koivu had players with half the talent we have in the lineup today history would have told a much different story, instead of playing with the likes of Ryder, Ribeiro, Higgins, Dagenais, Samsonov, Ninnima and one-hit-wonder Theodore, to name a few.

The truth is that he was a convenient scapegoat and not re-signing him was a brain-fart on Gainey's behalf, right behind trading for Gomez, hiring Guy Carbonneu and Claude Julien as head coaches.

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