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02-19-2013, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by cbcwpg View Post
Totally agree. What did people think we were getting when we bought this team? We were getting the Atlanta Thrashers, which was a slightly better option than an expansion franchise would have been, but not by much.

This team has some good core players. The trick is to weed off the supporting players you don't like and replace them with the players you want, but this is going to take time. I'm sorry, but most teams aren't run by GMs that can be taken advantage of, so when Chevy goes to shop say Antropov around, he doesn't get many people that are interested. Trading away really bad players for good just doesn't happen.
I agree with you in that you said the organization should weed out the supporting players. But their actions suggest they are not.

Resigning a floater like Antropov tells the players in the room it's okay to take a night off. Signing UFA Jokinen (a well known lazy player in every NHL circle) also tells the players this. Then Noel wonders why his players don't give 100%. Byfuglien is the ultimate, I'll play 100% the first 20 sec of my shift then I'll gear up if there is a scoring chance. What about keeping the puck out of his own net? When was the last time you saw his big frame race into the picture to get in front of his own net? These are Noel's type of players and obviously Chevy's as well. So I agree with your statement but disagree that we're weeding these guys out. We're adding to the problem.

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