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05-03-2006, 11:33 AM
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JXC
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Quick Reality Check Regarding the Terrible Awful GM's Terribly Slow Awful Roster

101 points during the regular season. That's tied for eight across the league. Not bad for a terrible team assembled by a terrible GM.

January (7-7)
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/ph...al&m=01&y=2006

February (2-4)
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/ph...al&m=02&y=2006

March (7-7)
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/ph...al&m=03&y=2006

April (5-5)
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/ph...al&m=04&y=2006

How did they manage to finish 19 games above .500 given the .500 record in calendar 2006?

What happened in late December / early January to make it all go south?

Kim Johnsson was hurt Jan 17th, I think.

Compare Hatcher in December to Hatcher in January:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/...6.wDadJj5ivLYF

You can find Rathje's stats as well.

Pitkanen missed just about everythig in December and January. Ditto Desjardins.

Not sure what the answer is but if one combines the added workload on Hatcher and Rathje when Desjardins and Pitkanen were out, and toss in a torn knee and a torn hip to boot, and subtract Johnsson, well you have a recipe for some poor defensive corps play.

Doesn't explain it all, of course, but it is hard to lambast the GM when the record CLEARLY shows a team among the elite of the NHL until injuries virtually destroyed the blue liners.


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