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03-02-2012, 05:39 PM
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Uh, let's struggle to understand this reasoning. The Koivu-Kovalev team won the entire East, wasn't "tough", didn't go far enough in the playoffs. The Halak era team was "soft", didn't go quite far enough in the playoffs. This current team, fortunately, is tough -- really tough! -- full of guys who are ready to fight and defend their teammates and not be pushed around and the rest...and it is the worst Canadiens team in many many years and will finish the season either in last place in the league or very close to it.
What are we missing here?
The truth: the Habs built their dynasties not on toughness -- though they always had a big body (Robinson) or an obnoxious pest (Claude Lemeiux) on hand -- but exclusively on speed, skill , and team play. There is no other solution to the mysteries of hockey.The pursuit of toughness is the Maple Leaf's formula for perpetual mediocrity. Guaranteed.

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