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11-13-2012, 10:01 PM
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Mike Farkas
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
He could have played harder.

Olli Jokinen was Florida's best player that year.

That doesn't make him a Hart Trophy candidate.
Am I incorrect in saying that with Boston management, even though the lockout made it a seemingly distant memory, Joe Thornton's 2004 playoff performance vs. Montreal was a factor as well. When they watched Joe play and went, "this is who we're building our franchise around?" after he lost that crucial draw to Madden and then when they peaked in the rearview mirror and saw that performance (though injured, as I recall) against Montreal and realized that some objects are closer than they appear, they decided to cut bait...

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