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08-01-2011, 06:19 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
He was still a very good hockey player, a lot of stars came to NY but could get it done without a supporting cast (we had a crazy star/garbage player ratio) but Fleury could get it done by himself.
Anyway, I followed the team very closely during that frame and my overall impression was just NEGATIVE. We were nothing but a mess. From the top to the bottom, people just did not take their responsibility. And as a fan, you always felt it.
I don't think I would have told you this back then, but in hindsight, it's very obvious. I mean, even with guys who had their fair share of flaws like Jagr, Nylander and Straka -- you could still feel at the end of the day, what mattered were hockey. The team(s) we had during his era probably still cared for a cup run -- but the road from October to March just weren't on top of the agenda.
And while Theo still played the only game he knew in NY -- because he certainly did -- it was still with a lack of concentration. The focus was not there.
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