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03-19-2013, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by SK13 View Post
For an F-student working their way up, a C- is a happy day. It doesn't mean the team is happy with C- forever. Pittsburgh did back-lips in 07, Chicago in 09 - just for getting in.

Then there's the fresh start of playoffs. Last year the eighth place Western Conference team beat the sixth placed Eastern conference team for the Stanley Cup. It's possible both those teams miss the playoffs this year.
If the teacher of an F student gives him some extra credit work, and he gets a leg up on the competition in this way, it doesn't change his work habits. It doesn't change his attitude. He is still an F student, and will not be a stable A student until he changes his way of thinking. That extra credit could be a hot goaltender, a few good prospects, in the end your team's loser ways will corrupt that winner into a loser.

Brian Burke was right, there is no Pittsburgh model. However, there is the "Mario Lemieux owning your team and babysitting your young players into turning into winners" model. There is the Detroit Model, or the "Scotty Bowman teaching a young Steve Yzerman how to forget about scoring a hundred points and do the things it takes to win" model.

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