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12-15-2003, 09:32 AM
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It's not just one player, it's the crop of players. Luckily there are a bunch of UFAs on this team, and some if not all will be replaced, and perhaps they can finally solve the Devils next year, because they aren't doing a great job of it this year. Those that come in won't have the history of being dwarfed by the Devils and Senators for the past two, three years. 8 years ago, the Flyers were in a similar situation, the Devils had just owned them for the past few seasons. But a couple of fresh faces--John LeClair and Eric Desjardins--had joined the team shortly before a game in NJ. They didn't have the mental block and frustration of facing the Devs. And they won. I think that is a big part of it, the players attitude, their composure changes a bit when they face the Devils and Sens. All of us that have played sports know the feeling when you go up against a bitter rival. It didn't surprize me in this regard that Kapanen, who hasn't been here that long, was so good on Friday night. Sure, there's been a roster turnover nearly every year, but the "big guns" on this team remain the same, and they are the ones coming up short when needed most. This team needs more fresh faces, because the ones that have been here are growing stale.

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