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01-18-2013, 01:16 PM
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The advantage goes to teams that have had low turnover. Familiarity and the short season. The short season will also bring surprises. At 48 games last year, TO was a playoff team. If it was a full year, the odds are in favor of the Sharks being a bubble team as it is hard to change year to year results. Don't even dream about a cup, the moves weren't there to do it as it is usually one key move (not multiple moves due to the familiarity thing).

Health will be even more critical with the short season and lack of time to compensate for lapses in play due to injury or other reasons. It would not be in the Sharks favor to do a major overhaul on systems so the effect of new coaches will not likely be felt this year. Major overhauling of systems would be a knife to the heart of the team in terms of the standings for this year although it might bode well for next year. Not doing a system overhaul will also tend to push the team towards duplicating last year's results.

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