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12-01-2003, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Raskolnikov76

The solution is not to trade him (it would not improve the team because i don't think we could have fair value), but we definately need to bring some veterans with good leadership attitude.
You are very right ! Leadership can't come from only one player. It has to come from at least one third of the team. There are different kind of leadership : on-ice leadership, vocal leadership, leadership by exemple. Koivu can't do it all by himself. We've given him nothing but crappy linemates, we've never gotten any real secondary scoring to back him up and then we expect him to bring the team into the post season year after year ? Doesn't work that way.

Replace Koivu with a Yzerman/Messier/Sakic/Gainey in his prime and it won't change the fact that we don't have secondary scoring and that the team as a whole lack leadership.

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