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01-17-2013, 03:05 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
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True but the Pens are going to have to play in playoff wars against the Rangers, Flyers and Bruins to win cups.
One of the long list of things that annoyed me about last years team was Asham standing in the middle of a bunch of Bruins looking like a dwarf in an oak forest. At the same time I thought about Avery going after MAF in the Rangers series in 08. Gill and BGL stepped in and we never heard from Avery again.
Something happened with the Pens and they've gotten really bland after winning the cup. Sure huge injuries have something to do with it but they've lost that attitude. Sid showed a spark last year but its not a team wide thing like it used to be.
You can make the argument we're undersized in the bottom 6 (sans Sutter). That's hard to argue against because everyone's basically 5-11"-6'1" which is average at best by NHL standards. So yah we could afford to maybe shed a TK and an Adams and replace with bigger guys of comparable worth.
It all goes back to the coach's fascination with mobility and speed. Which, it's not a bad thing, just a philosophy. Some teams are built for brute force (Bruins), others speed mostly (Penguins, Oilers), some a mix. Maybe one day we'll see a Pens - Oilers final. That would be a helluva exciting series to watch.
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