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01-10-2013, 04:31 AM
Join Date: Sep 2005
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Not to mention, you need elite experienced players to help develop the elite talent.
There are lots of "rebuilding" teams out there that don't get the most out of the talent because there is no one around to mentor it along.
Yup. Alfredsson, Spezza, Neil, Gonchar, Phillips. Core vets that are all leaders in their own way and work hard. Murray got rid of some vets and some not some vets. I have little doubt Kelly and Fisher could have been also a part of this veteran leadership... but they had to be dealt. The remaining vets are winners... a core of great players that know how to win and work hard. Neil and Alfredsson are like a clinic of effort on the ice... all the time. Gonchar has a Cup and lots of experience. Phillips is a wholesome family guy. Spezza is a spirit lifting vocal on the bench fun yet serious guy. This is veteran leadership. All the younger guys can not help but completely respect all these players and follow their lead.
I don't know if Sens fans realize how carefully and well the Murray's have done this. All the vets are hardcore respectable. All the partiers are gone. I think the biggest credit is keeping Neil... Neil could have been dealt. Neil is like the heart of the team. Neil is far more valuable than anyone could suspect. Keeping him through the purge of the team was so wise.
I have to be honest... I am a bit in awe of the Murray's... for like 3 seasons they make incredible moves again and again. In foresight and hindsight. I thought Phillips got a bit tooo much money his last contract... now... so glad.
Basically I think two guys help the most to dictate the effort level of the Sens. Alfie and Neil. I think every single player watches those two on the ice and sees how to compete. Which is 100%. Every moment of each shift.
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