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03-22-2012, 11:00 AM
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Burke the Legend
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
The BS about teams being built down the middle was just armchair GMs who hated Koivu gravitating to the nearest slogan. It was not the root cause of the Habs problems. The problem of the 2008-09 season was injuries, and thus, likely a combination of bad luck, poor conditioning, and poor equipment.
I was a big Koivu fan, but talking about keeping him is very hypothetical. The fact was that he was run out of town, not just by the usual types (wink) who have been on his case since the late 1990s, but more tellingly he was run out by management. We don't know what went on behind the scenes, but when a decade long captain (and still effective player) is not even offered a contract, it shows that management was at least partially blaming him for the 2009 collapse... I would like to think that hall of fame captain Bob Gainey knows a thing or two about leadership, and clearly wasn't happy with Saku.

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