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03-22-2012, 11:24 PM
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MathMan
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I'm not sure why so much credence is given to "what the players say" when what they're saying is carefully rehearsed PR aimed at not rocking the boat. It's all eminently predictable and hollow: if their team has an enforce they'll gush about how they're useful and if their team doesn't have one, they'll talk about "team toughness" and how the power play should be their enforcer.

It doesn't mean anything either way. It's all about assuring everyone that the team is perfect the way it is, until it changes then NOW it's perfect. Which is why it's really only remarkable if a player veers off from the cliches to criticize a teammate or coach. Otherwise, this subject isn't any different from pretty much any other: players don't express themselves, they do PR.

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