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02-07-2013, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Brad Tolliver View Post
Hunter contained the other team's momentum by preventing the Caps from establishing any momentum. Oates is actually trying to establish momentum and this roster is not doing it like he wants.
Exactly. The team was a similar mess when he arrived, so he trapped really hard and tried to eliminate momentum altogether in the sense you're (Halpysback) talking about. He tried to make puck possession irrelevant, I guess. Like I said, it was a band-aid. It didn't address any of the problems that resulted in his hiring in the first place. It just created a way around them. If you wanted Hunter to stay, that's fine; whether such a system is sustainable long-term is a separate question.

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