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02-06-2013, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by THEALLKNOWING View Post
MK played with DH last year. At times MK practiced in summer/during lockout with ZP. MK and ZP know each other, or else the first line wouldn't be productive thus far. Cullen, Brodziak, Seto, Cal, all here last year, know the system, know each other, yet production is down.

In a shortened season, you cannot play like the Wild has, and make the playoffs. 1 point, and no wins on the road. Doesn't cut it. The casual fan can be okay with the Wild not making the playoffs, but the team's economics cannot. That 3-4K increase in season's tickets that came about due to ZP/RS can erode very quickly if this team does not show improvement. Because what happens next year? Even more new players. Think about it. Backstrom, Harding, Cullen, PMB at minimum are likely gone-ers. Seto, Cal C, other 3rd or 4th line fillers?
I must have been unclear. I wasn't specifically talking about the first line. It's the team in general. Just because 2 players have played together before doesn't mean that their style of play won't change if you mix add a completely new person.

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