Are playoffs still makeable?
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03-19-2013, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by
Daryl Katz Fan Club
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.
You stretched that analogy to death without retaining a single semblance of your original point.
Making the playoffs would be an accomplishment, especially this year where all but two teams could realistically make or miss the playoffs. It's not low-hanging fruit, it's year over year progress.
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.
It's not the "Pittsburgh" model, it's the draft rebuild model and it's engineered three of the last four cup winners. Go figure.
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