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11-10-2003, 12:10 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Geeez.. Holy overreaction Batman!
So far on this road trip: won in Montreal, tied Ottawa and lost in Toronto. Yup, the SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING!
The reality is that we have a young team, with changes on every line. Compare our current lines:
Smyth - Horcoff - hemsky (yah, I know he sat out)
Torres - York - Dvorak
Moreau - Reasoner - Pisani
Isbister - Sarno - Salmo / Laraques
Torres, Dvorak, Isbister, SArno, Salmo, MAB, Conklin were all NOT here at the start of LAST year's season. Pisani was a callup. Its only Hemsky's second year. Reasoner was sent down to the minors last year. We traded away Carter and Niiniimaa, two veterans. Fact is that we have a young, relatively inexperienced lineup. Its not helped by the fact that Salo has played poorly, and its now revealed that he's been playing hurt to the point where he needs to get an MRI done. Even the veterans have to adjust to the new players. We lack the stability in the lineup and that lack is reflected in our games. There will be some tough times. If we panicked every time the Oiler fans did, then we would REALLY REALLY lack any type of stability in the lineup.
I think a lot of things would have been helped if Comrie had not held out and we had a true #1 center.
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