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04-10-2006, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Hackett
a) Are you old enough to remember seeing him play?

b) Do you still think he sucks because he doesn't show much emotion?

c) Do you think he doesn't communicate enough?

Its funny how all those bashers have shut their mouth since the team started winning.
Hackett, I think the problem that a lot of people had is the "shiny new toy" (aka "my favorite toy") syndrome. The really vocal critics clamored against him for his lack of movement in trades, using certain players over their favorite youngsters, trading away their favorite youngsters (Balej, Hossa - where are they now?), not signing certain free agents (as if it were that easy), etc. Totally reactionary, with no particular reasoning.

To be sure, there were some good balanced criticisms over the course of the season. Unfortunately, those always tend to get drowned out by the sea of crap.

I'm really excited to see how Gainey/Carbo lead the team in the playoffs and also next season with Carbo as the head coach. Should be interesting.

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