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03-18-2012, 07:54 PM
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NovaScotia Habsfan31
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Originally Posted by habitue View Post
At the same sate last season, did you think that St-Louis Blues were years away from Cup contention ?

They have a good coach, a system, and two reliable goalies. That's about it !

At the beginning of the season under another coach, they wre just crap.

And where were the Sens last year ?
Since 2006 St. Louis has amassed a wealth of young talent and hasn't been making shortsighted bandaid trades in an effort to barely make the playoffs.

Ottawa made a decison last year to sell as well with Fisher which was smart in hindsight of course.

Hitchcock has made an huge difference in St. Louis of course as the talent there has finally taken the huge leap forward since his hiring.

In fact I believe it was Hitchcock who said that all once Edmonton's young players learn how to protect the puck and play without the puck- once that clicks you'll see a huge step forward with them as well; of course they need the #1 goalie and a top pairing defenceman but they have the assets to go and get those.

In order for Montreal to make huge strides next year they'll have to go practically injury-free as their lack of depth and quality players has been exposed this year. And I don't consider 7th or 8th place a huge step forward either.

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