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10-24-2003, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by DArnold850
We actually discussed this on the open for last night's telecast. This year's hot October road trip does leave a better taste in the mouth for a couple of reasons --- and you touched on most of it. The goaltending is markedly improved. Even in a woeful effort by the B's last night, we thought Raycroft looked terrific. Last year, this team was being carried by the Joe Thornton line, and to be honest, that line isn't even playing great yet. Does anyone expect Glen Murray's goal-scoring drought to continue much longer? This is a much deeper team. My scorecard from last October 24th has names on it like McInnis, Stumpel, Brown, Sweeney, Berard, Huml, Stock and Kultanen. I would suggest that the replacements for those (McGillis, McCarthy, Samsonov, Moran, Lapointe, Jillson, Bergeron, Green and Donato) constitute a significant upgrade. Stinkers like last night are inevitable in the night-to-night reality of the NHL, they just have to be kept to a minimum. This year's team is better for a variety of reasons but the biggest is this --- last October 24th your goaltenders were Shields and Thomas, this October 24th they are Raycroft and Potvin. Keep the faith.

Dale, I listen to you and Neumie everyday atleast half the show and always the first segment. (before I go on I must suckup and say I enjoy you guys- its a great show) I realize its a football & baseball town and myself have Patriots season tix and probably would say my favorite team is the Red Sox. I was 8 years old in 67 so you know why...I still can name your favorite Minnesotta Twins lineup and staff (Chance, Merritt, Perry, Katt, Boswell??) BUT you have to atleast get MOC or Harry or Grapes or someone on once a week- preferably on Thursday which is usually a hockey game day. I realize discussing Lars Jonsson or Milan Jurcina will have radios turning off all over the 128 area but these 3 would atleast give the casual listener something. Harry always seems to be pretty entertaining with Ordway but why not MOC every other week. Mike Emerik is pretty good as is John Davidson or Barry Melrose. A real sleeper and a local guy who could expand to the Sox, Celts, and Pats is John Buccigross. He does hockey but he's a local guy who's Boston all the way and a pretty good talent on ESPN.

Just working in a rotation of MOC, Buccigross, Grapes, heck- Gordie or Brickley would suffice.

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