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11-29-2012, 06:53 PM
Kris Chreider
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Originally Posted by caps4cup View Post
Honestly it went away when they started playing hard core trap. From when BB took over until the end of the Montreal series they were probably the top team in the league in terms of passion/energy/excitement. They wanted the puck, wanted to score, and were full of passion/excitement after every goal. You could see the genuine enthusiasm after every single goal. They were like kids playing the game. They weren't playing because it was their job, they were playing because they loved it. And Ovi was the one that fueled everyones passion. Ever since then the team has looked like its only playing because its their job. It's not just Ovi, its the whole team that has lacked enthusiasm.
Maybe the constant early round exits have something to do with it. I'd get disappointed if every year the sportswriters called us contenders and we never made it past the semifinals. This year was pretty forgettable too, this is their lowest finish in a while and they lost the division title to one of the worst playoff teams in a weaker division than the Northwest. Remember, the other year they won 55 games.

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