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01-26-2013, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by The Amazing Ralph View Post
Some excellent points you raise, and I'm starting to see the light personally.

Maybe the intention was never to have these guys as the FOCAL points on the team, but guess what, they are. And until that changes, I don't think we can win.
I disagree with you a bit. I believe it was Burke's intention to have them the focal point of his team in Toronto. Kessel would be his number one forward. Phaneuf would be his number one defense man and he was planning to find a goalie (initially the Monster and then later Reimer after he played so well) to be the third focal point of his team.

As a strategy it wasn't really that wild. Both Kessel and Phaneuf of enormously talented hockey players. And nobody can really tell that a player is not capable of being a focal point of an organization until they're given that chance.

I'm just curious about when they conclude that it's not working and move on.

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