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11-17-2012, 04:43 PM
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I wouldn't neccessarily call it a choke job, but when you lose to a provincial rival in the playoffs 4 times in 5 years, right or wrong, it's hard not to cast judgement on the players involved.
In addition, there was an undeniable trickle down affect to those losses. As mentioned earlier, both the media and fans alike labeled the team as soft and management made it a point to try and correct this "problem" on the fly. Players like Ruutu, McGrattan, Donovon, Foligno, Smith, and Varada were either signed or drafted to try and compensate for this issue.
Ottawa was playing the Leafs the beloved of HNIC and 3/4 of the sports media.
No matter how it played out, the Leafs were the plucky little heroes.
Jacques Martin for the most part didn't want the team to retaliate and pick up penalties, but to take advantage of penalties called to the other team. Pat Quinn's great talent was playing the refs.
There wasn't enough money to bring in high powered help most of those years, the Leafs had one of the biggest payrolls in the league and the Sens one of the lowest.
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