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01-21-2013, 06:23 AM
What a Strange Trip
Join Date: Nov 2006
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He will never be the guy everyone hopes he will be....
His number were system based and we will never see them again. ...
Why do you think that is, did injuries take a toll? Was he a a flash in the pan? Scoring goals in 10 odd straight games is no random thing. Norris mentions... was everyone fooled?
His success may have been system based to some extent but it is a team game and everyone elses stats were padded too. Offensive talent doesn't just come and go. Paul Coffey didn't forget how to skate and shoot. No one does. But our team struggled mightily anytime he was out. He was a key cog.
I thought his issue was deciding he wanted to focus on defense. Bruce said he begged Green to bring the O again. The change IIRC was timed with his Yzerman snub. Much like Poti did when he came here, who said he was never an offensive guy, he was just asked to do it.
No one wants the soft in the D zone tag, the proverbial 4th forward. Maybe they decided they didn't want to get WHOOPED out of town.
We expect offense and but they both just turned the O switch off. Its the price we pay for heckling our own offensive D men over the years.
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