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01-21-2013, 02:56 PM
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eco's bones
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Bickel has played like ****. Considering he may be the least talented player on the team--yeah, he is replaceable. His toughness would be a loss though unless you replaced him with at least an equally tough player--because this is not a team that seems as tough as it was last year and it needs to be.

The real problem though as I see it is the team hasn't been ready to go when the first puck is dropped. Maybe they actually believe all the hype so much that they're destined to win the cup this year that all they think they have to do is show up with their sticks and skates. They've been outplayed and hemmed in their zone way too much. Such conditions are going to make your least talented players--especially when one is a defenseman--look really, really bad. They get stuck out on long shifts running around too much and/or running out of gas running around too much. So far this team does not appear as ready as either the Bruins in game 1 or Penguins in game 2. They need to collectively get their heads out of their *****.

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